Chamber music and works for solo instrument


What you can see (2018)

Clarinet Quintet
composed for premiere in September 2018 with Richard Haynes, clarinet an Quartet
concert as part of the Musikpodium der Stadt Zürich
Duration: 16 Minuten
 

Schellende Klingen (2018)
Organ
composed for first performance in August 2018 in Burgdorf, Switzerland by Nina Wirz
Duration: ca. 7 minutes
 

Swiss Music (2008/2018)
Oboe, Clarinet in B flat, 2 Violins, Double bass, Piano
Music from "On the Edge" (2008) newly arranged and reordered
Duration: ca. 20 minutes
 

Comfort & Courage (2018)
In Remembrance of General Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov's Odyssey through the Swiss Alps in the Year 1799
Oboe, Clarinet in B flat, 2 Violins, Double bass, Piano
Composed for first performance in Andermatt, Switzerland, on 28th March 2018, played by the Hexagon Ensemble Lucerne during the Klassik-Osterfestivals Andermatt Duration: ca. 12 minutes
 

Violin Sonata (2016)
Violin, piano
Duration: ca. 22 minutes
 

Le jardin (2014)
Wind quintet (flute / piccolo, oboe, clarinet / bass clarinet, bassoon, horn)
Commissioned by Andrea KolleĢ for the Zürcher Bläserquintett for first performance on 26th January 2015 as part of their 20th anniversary concert
Duration: 12 minutes
 

Piano Removal 2 (2012)
Piano Quartet (Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano)
Duration: 15 minutes
Commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble of London for their 30th Anniversary celebrations
First performance: 9th March 2013 at Kings Place, London by the Schubert Ensemble
 

Fantasy No. 2 (2012)
Flute, Alto saxophone
Duration: 5 minutes
First performance: June 2012 by Magda Schwerzmann and Harry White
 

A series of 12 very small piano pieces (2011-2012)
Piano
 

Stephen Foster Medley (2011)
Alto Saxophone, cello, piano
Duration: 12 minutes
Commissioned by the Harry White Trio for first performance November 2011
 

Fantasia on Lesbia's Sparrow (2009)
Three simple pieces for piano after the poems by Catullus
Duration: 8 mins
Versions:
1. Piano solo
2. Piano duet
 

Of course, a fantasy (2009)
Flute, piano
First performance by Hieronymus Schädler, flute, and Edward Rushton, piano, 5th April 2009 in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein
Duration: 6 mins
 

Harvest of Puzzlement (2008)
Alto saxophone, cello, piano
Commissioned by the Harry White Trio
First performance by the Harry White Trio (Harry White, saxophone, Pi-Chin Chien, cello and Edward Rushton, piano) 13th February 2009 at the Theater Rigiblick, Zürich and 17th February 2009 at the Villa Sträuli, Winterthur
Duration: 20 mins
 

Let's (2008)
Clarinet, Violin
Duration: ca. 12 mins
 

Immersions (2006)
Soprano (or high voice), alto saxophone, piano
Text by Victor Hugo and various
Commissioned by Harry White
First performance 2nd Februar 2007 in the Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, by Valérie Guillorit, Harry White and Hans Adolfsen
Duration: 20 mins

"the spa and wellness world of Budapest's thermal baths has found its match in sound - sharp-witted and by no means well-tempered. The bathing culture of Budapest is illuminated in five cantata-like movements - or one might also speak of a bath-mass. Whether it's dealing with oppressive heat or the convulsions of the digestive tract, Rushton's music furnishes the text with images, without making it seem ridiculous." - Anja Bühnemann, Landbote Winterthur, 5th February 2007
"A characteristic of his music is the way it changes around between emphasis and parody, and its virtuosic play with the unreal, that leaves the listener in a stimulating state of insecurity." - Jürg Huber, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5th February 2007
 

The Collection (2006)
2 pianos
Commissioned by the Musikhochschule Luzern
First performance: Musikhochschule Luzern, 26th April 2006 by Grzegorz Mackiewicz and Edward Rushton
Duration: 10 mins
 

Two Colossal Heads of Clay (2004 / 01)
Clarinet, piano
First performance: Städtische Bühnen, Münster 30th October 2004 by Martin Stützle and Edward Rushton
Duration: c. 6 mins
 

Before (2002)
Soprano, 2 clarinets, viola, cello, bass
Text by Nikolai Gogol, from Dead Souls
Commissioned by Warwick Arts Society
First performance: Royal Pump Rooms. Leamington Spa, 14th July 2002, by Mary Wiegold and the Composers Ensemble cond. Richard Baker
Duration: 6 mins
 

Views from the Lowlands (2001)
Cello, piano
Commissioned by Klang-November Aarau and the Aargauische Stiftung für Gesang und Musik
First performance: Saalbau, Aarau, 15th November 2001, by Dorothea von Albrecht and Christine Olbrich
Duration: 9 mins

"the alpine panorama is three-dimensional and tangible..." - Christoph Schulte im Walde, Westfälische Nachrichten, 2.xi.2004
 

Game / No Game (2000)
Piano, violin, cello
Commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble of London
First performance: Shakespeare Institute, Stratford upon Avon, 18th October 2000, by the Schubert Ensemble of London
Duration: 12 mins
 

Island Dances (1999)
2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani
Duration: c. 7 mins
 

Combat in the Year Thousand (1999)
2 violins, cello, piano
Commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble of London for Chamber Music 2000
First performance: Purcell Room, 24th February 2000, by students of the Gloucester Academy of Music and the Performing Arts
Recorded by The Schubert Ensemble on NMC
Duration: 6 mins
NMC
Chamber Music 2000
 

L'An Mil (1999)
Violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano
Commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble of London
First performance: Purcell Room, 24th February 2000, by the Schubert Ensemble of London
Duration: 11 mins

"...a millennial fantasy depicting the eschatological predictions of a mediaeval monk, an urgent solo cello cresting into a coda of expanding calm when he awakes to find that the world has not ended. Rushton is, plainly, a man to watch." - Martin Anderson,  The Independent, 28th February 2000
"Rushton's meditations on the millenium "L'an mil" were quite wild..." - Christoph Schulte im Walde, Westfälische Nachrichten, 2nd November 2004
 

Cheap Drinks (1999)
Clarinet, trombone, double bass, keyboard (with sampler)
Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta
First performance: Hayward Gallery, 10th April 1999, by the London Sinfonietta
Duration: 10 mins
 

Zwei Lieder aus dem dreissigjährigen Krieg /
Two Songs from the Thirty Years War (1998, rev. 2002)
2 pianos
First performance: Kleiner Saal, Tonhalle, Zürich, 15th September 2002, by Duo d'Accord (Shao-Yin Huang and Sebastian Euler)
Duration: c. 6 mins
 

Monk Systems (1998)
Bassoon solo
Duration: c.6 mins
 

The Concoction of a Charlatan (1996)
Alto saxophone solo
First performance: Saarbrücken, 29th November 2002, by Harry White
Duration: 6 mins

 

Bruderov (1996)
Clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano
Commissioned by the Endymion Ensemble with funds from London Arts Board
First performance: Purcell Room, 21st April 1997, by the Endymion Ensemble
Duration: 15 mins
 

Folk Song (1995)
2 pianos
First performance: November 2013, Haus zum Lindengarten, Zürich, with Alison Cullen and Edward Rushton, pianos
Duration: 3 minutes

 

Gut (1994)
2 violins, 2 violas, cello
First performance: Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, January 1995, by members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Duration: 15 mins