Peter Fribbins
PETER FRIBBINS (b. 1969) - May 2012 Release
String Quartet No. 2 ‘After Cromer’ (2005-6)
I. Presto. Allegro molto e drammatico
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Allegro giocoso
IV. Finale: Vivo - Chilingirian Quartet

A Haydn Prelude (2008)
Anthony Hewitt (piano)

Piano Concerto (2010)
I. Adagio drammatico – Allegro vivo
II. Adagio – Andante – Tempo primo
III. Allegro vivo – Andante – Adagio – Affrettando – Fugato – Diana Brekalo (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Robertas Šervenikas, conductor

Fantasias for Viola and Piano (2007-11)
I. Fantasia on Bugail Yr Hafod
II. Fantasia on Azt gondoltam eső esik
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) - Anthony Hewitt (piano)
Listen to sound clips Sound clips on GUILD website on the Guild website
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A CD of chamber music for strings by Peter Fribbins has recently been released by Guild (GMCD 7343), featuring the Allegri String Quartet, the Angell Piano Trio, Raphael Wallfisch (cello), John York (piano) and James Campbell (clarinets).

(MUSICAL POINTERS: reviewing Guild CD 'I Have the Serpent Brought')

'a thoughtful composer who eschews the latest fads in favour of solid craftsmanship' Musical Pointers, 2010

‘…an immensely rewarding collection of chamber music’
- Fanfare Magazine

.........Listen to sound clips Sound clips on GUILD website on the Guild website

Music Samples from Peter's Guild CD
'I have the Serpent Brought'

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Primrose Piano Quartet
Peter Fribbins
Variation on a Burns Air - commissioned by the Primrose Piano Quartet

amongs many other work by:
John Casken, Joe Cutler, Sally Beamish, Piers Hellawell, Jacques Cohen, Zoë Martlew, Robin Ireland, Stephen Goss By Yon Castle Wa' Francis Pott and
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies:
Piano Quartet (2007)
Dmitri Smirnov:
Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Double-bass, Op.72 (1992)

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One of my main concerns is musical drama and expressive narrative structures, although not necessarily in a programmatic sense. I have often thought that composers of my generation inherit a rich musical legacy: we are neither constrained to be modernist nor post-modernist, to consistently avoid the diatonically tonal nor exclusively embrace it, but instead a myriad of musical styles of the past are available for plunder in a vast post-modernist palette. Clearly the tonal and harmonic drama of a modulation from tonic to dominant has been largely neutralised over the last 200 years, but another sort of drama can be created by contrasting different techniques. The potential for this is something I have consistently attempted to harness in my music: for instance the wild dissonances in the opening of Porphyria’s Lover are relieved by the warmth of the tonality that immediately follows (literally from the fire in the hearth of Browning’s poem).

No doubt there are plenty of modernist features in my music: however at the same time I am drawn to the sense, logic and formal satisfaction to be gained through traditional structural gestures, shapes and forms.

The pacing of material and the location of certain musical events, sections or aesthetic areas in the musical narrative are an important consideration in my music, and I suppose is an instinctive link with the great music of the past.
Sound File
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The Barbirolli Quartet with Janet Hilton (clarinet) played Peter Fribbins' Quintet on 25th November 2012 for the London Chamber Music Society at Kings Place, London.
Peter Fribbins: 'Softly in the dusk ...' (9min)
The Rosamunde Piano Trio playing at Kings Place, London, on October 30th 2011
in a concert for the London Chamber Music Society.
Martino Tirimo, piano, Ben Sayevich, violin, Daniel Veiss, cello
Peter Fribbins: Dances & Laments for violin & cello duo (UK première).
Premiered at Kings Place on 15 Januar 2012 by Philippe Graffin, violin,
and Henri Demarquette, cello, in a concert for the London Chamber Music Society.
Part 1

Part 2
(Part 1 & Part 2) Mine Dogantan Dack (piano) and Pal Banda (cello)
perform Peter's duo '...that which echoes in eternity' (after lines from Dante’s Divine Comedy)
at Kings Place, London on 15 March 2009.