Matthew Leigh Embleton

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Releases

01/03/2015 - Op 5 Small Floating Crafts, Hong Guo, Piano (Audio Fabrique)

"Two exceptionally beautiful pieces of music composed and performed with great sensitivity taste and gentle delicacy. Hong Guo's beautiful interpretation of both pieces has a refinement, grace, delicacy and flow that perfectly captures the sense and sensibility of these beautiful perfect compositions. I find myself listening to this wonderful delightful, gracious music over and over again. Both pieces are simply beautiful, however 'Small Floating Crafts' has for me a special grace and simplicity, that envelopes me, and in which I entirely loose myself! I eagerly await more from Matthew & Hong, and feel bound to comment that both pieces are wonderfully 'filmic' and perfect soundtrack material!"

Chris Garland, (Audio Fabrique), London, January 2015.

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28/07/2014 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Contemporary Works For Solo Lute (Audio Fabrique), Susan King and David Van Ooijen, Lutes

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

01 Journey in d-minor - 1 Introduction, Piano con affetto

02 Journey in d-minor - 2 The Pursuit, Con affetto e un poco agitato

03 Journey in d-minor - 3 Looking Skyward, Con larghezza

04 From Depth in a-minor

05 Nocturne in d-minor, Piano molto e cantabile

06 Nocturne in e-minor, Piano molto e cantabile

07 Arpeggiata in a-minor, Adagio Andante e Piano

08 Extransience in d-minor, Affrettando con poco agitato

09 Victoria Park, December 2005 in e-minor, Piano molto e penseroso

10 Cloud Level in a-minor, Piano molto e penseroso

11 Tasmanian Lake in d-minor, Piano con affetto

12 Eternal Recurrence in a-minor, Piano molto con affetuoso

Susan King, French Baroque Lute

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

David Van Ooijen, Baroque Lute

Tracks 4, 7

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24/03/2014 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 4 (Featuring David Van Ooijen, Lutes) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

David Van Ooijen plays a 6c and 7c Renaissance Lute, and Baroque Lute

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08/07/2013 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 3 (Featuring David Van Ooijen, Lutes) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

David Van Ooijen plays Archlute, Baroque Lute, and Theorbo

Mike Embleton plays provides electric guitar textures

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06/05/2013 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 2 (Featuring Susan King, Lute) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Susan King plays an 11 Course Baroque Lute by Michael Lowe, Oxford, UK. Recorded at Mt Nelson, Hobart, Tasmania on 22nd June 2012 by Tony Sayer of Megatone Productions (Megatoneproductions@netspace.net.au)

On 'Tasmanian Lake' Matthew Leigh Embleton plays a 13 Course Baroque Lute by the David Van Edwards Summer School 2011 (www.vanedwards.co.uk), courtesy of The Lute Society

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04/03/2013 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Music For Lute And Laptop Volume 1 (Featuring Susan King, Lute) (Alex Tronic Records / ATR Classical)

Cover artwork by Mike Embleton

Susan King plays an 11 Course Baroque Lute by Michael Lowe, Oxford, UK. Recorded at Mt Nelson, Hobart, Tasmania on 22nd June 2012 by Tony Sayer of Megatone Productions (Megatoneproductions@netspace.net.au)

The Laptop

In performances of modern art music, particularly Electro-Acoustic, Acousmatic, or Avant-Garde, the Laptop is listed as an instrument in its own right. The contribution that the Laptop makes to the overall sound depends entirely on the guidance from the composer, the interpretation of that guidance by the performer, and the software and how it is used to produce and / or modify sounds as part of the performance. In this project, the role of the Laptop is to provide gentle sonic treatments of the Lute and a harmonic ambient backdrop to the composition.

The Lute

The French Baroque Lute has a special tone quality, resonance and clarity of sound that speaks directly to the heart of the listener. It was developed in the first quarter of the 1600's by lutenists seeking a way to better express what they wanted to say in their music. They believed that the music of the lute was the voice of the gods. What they did was experimental and ground-breaking and paved the way for new directions in music. Today we carry on this tradition of innovation, allowing the voice of the lute and the technology available through the laptop to lead us forward to new horizons. The origin of the lute may be in the past, but this project shows that the lute is an instrument for our times and the future.

Susan King

Susan King (Jones) was born in Sydney, Australia on 8th January 1956. She gained her Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Susan has always enjoyed working with composers in the creation of new music and loves exploring the possibilities this offers with the lute. In 1988, Australian composer Robert Allworth wrote the first concerto written in modern times for the French Baroque Lute for Susan.

"The music of this instrument speaks to me in a way that no other music does.

When I hold my lute, it is no longer just me and the lute it is neither of us but something else, something that demands to be heard, to speak, to move, to communicate. I play music because I must and I play the French Baroque Lute because it is the sound I desire.

When I play from the original handwritten 17th century manuscripts I feel connected to the composer. Across time and space, 400 years apart, we meet.

And when I work with living composers, I hear my lute in new ways, which deepens my understanding of the instrument. Working with Matthew has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the lute, truly bringing it into the 21st century."

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Live

01/09/2013 - Music For Lute And Laptop - Live at the Internationale Luitdagen 2013, Utrecht

16:30 Contemporary music for lute, with discussion following

Susan King: Music by Janina Evangelou-Oost, Helen Morrison, Matthew Leigh Embleton (last composer is present) and others

David Van Ooijen: Music by Gilbert Isbin and others

Although the repertoire expands gradually, new compositions for the lute appear only sparsely. Why is this new repertoire for the lute so limited in comparison with for instance that for the recorder? Do lute players tend to be more conservative? Is the lute less accessible for modern composers? After the Susan Kings performance, a short, guided discussion occurs.

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Compositions

Opus 1 Journey in d-minor

Also published by the Lute Society PDF

Also published by the Societa Del Liuto, Rivista, Numero 5, Novembre 2012, ISSN 2280-9392

1 Introduction

2 The Pursuit

3 Looking Skyward

Opus 2 Nocturnes in d-minor and e-minor

Also published by the Lute Society PDF

1 Nocturne in d-minor

2 Nocturne in e-minor

Opus 3 From Depth in a-minor

Also published by the Lute Society PDF

Opus 4 Nocturnes in f-minor and g-minor

Also published by the Lute Society of America, Quarterly Journal Volume 97 no 3, Fall 2012

1 Nocturne in f-minor

2 Nocturne in g-minor

Opus 5 Small Floating Crafts in c-minor

1 Introduction

2 Interlude

3 Conclusion

Opus 6 Journey in a-minor

1 Arpeggiata

2 Cloud Level

3 Eternal Recurrence

Opus 7 Journey in c-minor

1 Introduction

2 Interlude

3 Conclusion

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Arrangements

24/09/2014 - Kod Betlehema, arranged for Renaissance Lute, performed by Stuart Walsh, Renaissance Lute. Youtube

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