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 embraces a huge range of styles from contemporary classical to songs for shows. He writes music for film and television and is also an award winning concert composer. His music is published, performed and broadcast all over the world.
Recent commissions include pieces for The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (broadcast on Radio 3), Oxford University Press Collections and The London Gay Men’s Chorus. In 2019 he won first prize at the 40th Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition and the Freudig Singers Choral Composition Competition. His music is published by OUP, Stainer & Bell, ABRSM, Banks Music, Tetractys, Spartan Press and Recital Music.
Edmund has been writing music to picture for twenty years. Major series he has composed music for include ‘Who do you think you are?’ (BBC1), ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’ (ITV1), ‘Homestead Rescue’ (Discovery) ‘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’.
Edmund studied music at Oxford University and completed a Masters in Film Composition at the Royal College of Music under Joseph Horovitz and Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli. He also studied on the Advanced Composition Course at Dartington International Summer School (supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust) and has attended composer residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada (Gladys and Merrill Muttart foundation scholarship for artistic residency) and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico. He is a fellow of the ISM and full member of the PRS and MCPS.
Currently he teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department) and is a Lecturer in Composing for the Moving Image at City University.
More information about him can be found at: www.edmundjolliffe.com
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Engraving: CPH Engraving
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