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Study scores of eight works by James MacMillan have recently been added to the Hawkes Pocket Scores series.

Eight new study scores covering James MacMillan’s four symphonies and a selection of his concertos, have recently been released in the prestigious Hawkes Pocket Scores series.

Symphony: ‘Vigil’ (1997), one of MacMillan’s most ambitious early works for full orchestra, was composed for the London Symphony Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich and travels on a spiritual Easter journey from darkness to light. The smaller-scale Symphony No.2 (1999) for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra grew from images of wintry desolation, while Symphony No.3: ‘Silence’ (2002) was inspired by Shusaku Endo’s novel about missionaries in Japan, recently made into a feature film by Martin Scorsese. The fourth and most recent symphony, juxtaposing musical worlds formed from ritualistic archetypes, was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2015 and recorded by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Onyx Classics.

Scores have also been released for four MacMillan concertos, from the early Ninian for clarinet and orchestra celebrating one of the Scottish founding fathers, through to three works composed in the past decade. The Oboe Concerto (2009-10), Viola Concerto (2013) and Percussion Concerto No.2 (2014) were written for the talents of Nicholas Daniel, Lawrence Power and Colin Currie respectively, and have together attracted over 60 performances to date. A selection of MacMillan concertos is also available in reductions for solo instrument and piano.

James MacMillan in new Hawkes Pocket Scores
Symphony: ‘Vigil’ 
Symphony No.2  979-0-060-13214-8 
Symphony No.3: ‘Silence’  979-0-060-13215-5 
Symphony No.4  979-0-060-13216-2 
Ninian  979-0-060-13331-2 
Oboe Concerto  979-0-060-12546-1 
Percussion Concerto No.2  979-0-060-13333-6 
Viola Concerto  979-0-060-13332-9 

The Hawkes Pocket Scores series is a music publishing classic, synonymous with the best in 20th and 21st century music. The range now includes over 500 works by masters such as Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Bartók, Britten, Bernstein and Copland as well as music by leading contemporary composers including Harrison Birtwistle, John Adams, Steve Reich, Unsuk Chin, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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