THE COMPOSER

Peter's new Cello Sonata, a commission for Scotia Festival of Music 2019 was premiered in early June with Peter at the piano and Quebec Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Blair Lofgren.  

 

He has fulfilled many commissions for varying instrumentations. Orchestral works include a Suite for Clarinet and Orchestra, Variations on the Halifax Explosion, Mar Atlantico and the Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto. His chamber music includes a String Quartet, Scherzo for 4 Celli, Hungarian Rhapsody for 2 pianos, Vaudeville for Piano (6 hands), Clarinet Quintet (clarinet and string quartet) and Black and Blues for Clarinet and Piano. He has written 2 pieces for flute and piano; Waltz, and Scenes from Nova Scotia. Other works include music for band as well as for choir and other groups. Peter had the honour of being the only musical composition finalist for the 2006 N.S. Lieutenant Governor's Masterworks Award for his orchestral work "Variations on the Halifax Explosion", commissioned by the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra

Peter is a member of SOCAN and an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC). He is also a member of The Living Composers Project

Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto was commissioned by CBC Radio 2 and was world-premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia on their 25th season’s opening concert with Peter as soloist. Performances were on September 25th and 28th, 2008 in  Halifax, and again for St. Cecilia Concert Series in Lunenburg, NS on October 3rd, 2008. 

The world premiere was broadcast on CBC Radio 2’s Sunday Afternoon in Concert nationally on September 28, 2008, the actual day of the 5th anniversary of the storm.  This work was listed for a year on CBC’s Concerts on Demand.  Since then, Peter has performed this work with both the PEI Symphony and Symphony New Brunswick.

His orchestral work Mar Atlantico was given its Canadian premiere by Symphony Nova Scotia under the baton of Bernhard Gueller on the stage of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on April 28th, 2003, to rave reviews. Mar Atlantico was subsequently programmed for Halifax audiences in January, 2005. 

LARGER WORKS

2008           “Hurricane Juan”  Piano Concerto

2004            Suite for Clarinet and Strings

2003            Variations On the Halifax Explosion  for  Orchestra

2002            Overture for Choir and Band (SATB)

2001             Mar Atlantico for Orchestra

2000            A Song for St. Cecilia for A Cappela Chorus (SATB)

 

CHAMBER COMPOSITIONS

2019            Cello Sonata

2016            Lamantation for Clarinet & String Quartet

2013            Scenes from Nova Scotia (flute/piano)

2012            Vaudeville for 6 Hands, one piano

2005           String Quartet

2000           Black and Blues for Clarinet & Piano

2000           Trio for Violin, Viola & Cello

1999            Haligonian Rhapsody for Two Pianos 

1999            Toccata for Piano, Violin & Cello 

1995            Waltz for Flute & Piano

1987            Scherzo for Four Celli 

1986            Elegy for Violin and Piano

PIANO COMPOSITIONS

2015            Ballade

2012            Vaudeville for Six Hands, One Piano

2004           Etude

1999            Haligonian Rhapsody for Two Pianos

1985            85 Bagatelles

1983            Four Studies in Mood

1983            Blue Jay Rag

1982            Concert Etude

1982            Sonatina

1982            Prelude and Three Reflections 

1981             Two Improvisations

1981             Rhapsody

1981             Romantic Fantasy

1981             Five Little Studies

1981             Five Pieces for Children

1980            Nocturne

1980            Fantasie 

1980            Sonata in A minor 

1980            Three Preludes

1979            Four Preludes             

© 2019  Peter Allen, Concert Pianist