Composer: Edmund Jolliffe
Instrument: Percussion Duo
Duration: 9 min.
Knock About was commissioned by O Duo and was first performed by them in 2004. The title is a play on words: a 'Kick About' is a phrase used to mean a group of people kicking a ball to each other for fun. In this piece two people come together to play, but pass ideas back and forth on percussion instruments instead of kicking a ball. One of the rhythmic ideas used is also often clapped during football matches. This is a Knock About and a Kick About at the same time.
Cow Bell (ped.)
Bass Drum (ped.)
Optional: Tom-tom (low)
About the composer +
Edmund’s music draws on a huge range of styles and influences. He writes music for film and television and is also an award-winning concert composer.
First Prizes in composition competitions include: Freudig Singers Choral Composition Competition, USA; Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition, USA; Amadeus Choir Song writing Competition, Canada; Ely Consort Advent Composing Competition; Hendrix Candlelight Carol Competition, USA; Renée B. Fisher Composer Award, USA.
Recent commissions include pieces for the Royal Academy of Music, the London Chinese Children’s Ensemble, and Oxford University Press Collections. His choral music is available from OUP, Stainer and Bell, Banks Music. ABRSM publish a clarinet piece by him for their Grade 2 2022 syllabus.
He has been writing music to picture for over twenty years. Major series he has composed music for include ‘Who do you think you are?’ (BBC1), ‘Homestead Rescue’ (Discovery), ‘Sort your life out’ (BBC1), ‘Grand Designs: The Street’ (C4), ‘Crazy Delicious’ (C4/Netflix), ‘Long Lost Family’ (ITV1) and ‘Unreported World’ (C4). He was nominated for an RTS Craft and Design Award for his score for the BBC film ‘Elizabeth at 90’.
He is a Lecturer in Composing for the Moving Image at City University and taught composition at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music (Junior Departments) for many years.
In 2021 Odense Percussion, led by Søren Monrad, commissioned a new ensemble piece by Edmund called The Game, which was world-premiered at the Danish National Academy of Music, Denmark on November 15, 2021.
More information about him can be found at: www.edmundjolliffe.com
Information current to December 2022
Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Engraving: CPH Engraving
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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