Compositions



 

CHORAL

I'm Doing Fine Op 64

Song for SATB 

Words by Shirley Davis

2017

Angels Op 63

Cantata in 4 movements

Choir, orchestra and soprano and baritone solo

Premiered in Montreal 2017

 

Christmas Suite Op 62

5 movements Choir and orchestra.

Premiered in Montreal 2016

 

Suite Op 61

For solo cello, choir and orchestral

Premiered in Montreal 2015

 

An Englishman in Tuscany Op 60

For choir and orchestra

Premiered in Montreal 2012

 

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You Op 59

Short 4 part prayer with piano, or organ or chamber orchestral accompaniment.

Premiered in Montreal 2011

 

Peace and Tranquility Op 40 

Song cycle for choir and orchestra

Premiered  Montreal 2009

Cantata: Journey Op 54

For soprano and baritone soloists

choir and orchestra.

Premiered in 2007 in Oscar Peterson Hall, Concordia University.

 

Love Songs Op 40 
For tenor and strings Arrangement

of 3 of the Five Songs of Love

See below

 

The Lord’s Prayer  Op 52
A cappella piece which has yet to

receive a public performance

Reflections Op 51
Words and music Peter Willsher
This is an a cappella piece, written in memory of my mother
(Premiered by Cantabile Chorale May 2003, in Montreal)

Joseph Op 49
Words and music Peter Willsher

This is a carol for vocal solo and piano accompaniment

which was written in 2002.

Christmas Lullaby Op 45

Words and music Peter Willsher
This is a carol for Soprano with optional split altos, and piano accompaniment, written in 1998

Five Songs of Love Op 40
Words by Rupert Brooke
SSAA choir and soloists, strings and/or piano acc. 1980.

Composed for the Madrigal Choir of West Heath School

 

Child Of The Maid Op 39 
Words John Oxenham.
Christmas cantata for

female voices and piano

Composed for the Madrigal Choir

of West Heath School in 1979

Stabat Mater Op 38
SSAA and piano
Composed for the Madrigal Choir

of West Heath School in 1978

Voices Op 36

Words Tilda Swinton.

SSA and piano
Composed for the Madrigal Choir

of West Heath School in 1978

Now That Spring Has Come Op 35
SATB with piano acc. Words Trad
Composed for the

Southborough Choral Society

in 1977
 

In The Bleak Mid-Winter Op 37
Two versions SSA & SATB both with piano
Words C. Rossetti
Composed for the Madrigal Choir
of West Heath School in 1978


Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing Op34
Words by Siegfried Sassoon

For female voices and piano 
Published by Josef Weinberger.

SATB version published by Boosey & Hawkes
Composed for the memorial concert of

Pat Scanlon at West Heath School in 1975

Lay your Sleepy Head Op 33
A cappella for female voices
Composed for the choir of West Heath School

in 1975

 

SYMPHONIC
 

Mr and Mrs Green's Wedding Waltz op 65

For full orchestra 

Presented in 2019

Sinfonietta Op 58

for chamber orchestra

Premiered in Montreal 2018

Intermezzo Op 50
For viola and strings
Commissioned by Kevin James

Premiered in Ottawa 2002

Roots and Wings Op 47
Written for Sinfonia Musica
Published by Willsher Music

Premiered in Ottawa 2001

Americas Suite Op 46
For full orchestra
Commissioned by the Parkdale

United Church Orchestra

Premiered in Ottawa 2000

Helen Keller Symphony Op 44
For full orchestra
Composed for the Parkdale
United Church Orchestra

Premiered in Ottawa 1998
 

Two Pieces for School Orchestra Op 42
Composed for the School Orchestra of

Streatham and Clapham High School

in 1986

 

INSTRUMENTAL

 

Anno d'oro Op 66

for piano solo

Presented in 2019

 

Suite for Piano Op 57

2010

David Op 56

For solo piano 2009

 

Dance Op 55

For unaccompanied viola

Premiered in Ottawa 2009

 

Over Gatineau Op 53
A trio for violin, cello and piano.

Commissioned by Jackie Morris

Premiered in Ottawa 2005


Intermezzo Op 50
For viola and piano

Commissioned by Kevin James

Premiered in Ottawa 2002

 

Sadness Op 49
For piano 2002

Christmas Gift Op 48
For piano.

A piece for my family on

Christmas morning 2000


Wedding Fantasia Op 43

For piano
Commissioned and performed 1990

Wedding Op 41 
For piano

Recorded 1985


A New Life Op 32
Written to celebrate the birth of

my first nephew Robin Willsher

in 1972


Jig Op 31
For violin and piano 1970

Fantasia Op 30
For Piano 1970

Impromptu Op 29
Piano 1970

Rhapsody Op 28
Piano 1969


Miniature Op27
Piano 1968

Variations On A Theme Op 26

Dedicated to my brother ‘cos he let me drive his MG

Piano 1968
 

Poem Op 26
Piano 1968

Ballade Op 25
Piano 1968

 

Sonata Op 21
Piano 1967


In addition to the above are many compositions currently in electronic format. In between committing these listed pieces to manuscript, and or print, there have been many experiments with electronic music, some for commercial use, others for the developing of ideas and researching the available technologies. I'm finding long lost manuscripts of music written while at school. I have designated the first 20 'Op's to them, but there are significantly more than will ever see the light of day. Interesting for me to see how my style may or may not have changed, but not worthy of performance.

I also haven't listed the 30 or so Christmas songs that I wrote for my children to sing on Christmas Eves. Some are in the Christmas Suite. Believe appears in the cantata the Journey as well as the Christmas Suite. 

I will add the individual movements of the larger works eventually.

Peter Willsher’s  Musical Compositions (1968 -2020)

 

 

 

 

 

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