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"MUSIC BOX", Op.50

Music by JACK GIBBONS

Performed by Jack Gibbons (piano)

Recorded live at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England
March 23rd 2005

 

Music copyright Jack Gibbons 2004
Performance copyright Jack Gibbons 2005


Music Box was composed in February 2004 and is one of three pieces by Jack Gibbons dedicated to the distinguished writer Edward Jablonski, the others being Lullaby for piano, and Sleep Not (to words by Emily Brontė) for soprano and piano. Music Box was first performed by the composer at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England on 12th April 2004. It received it's US premiere at Carnegie Hall, New York in a special Edward Jablonski memorial concert on 26th February 2005.


More on the music of Jack Gibbons

In addition to his performing career Jack Gibbons is also now becoming known as a composer. This side of his career began unexpectantly when he returned to composition while recovering from injuries sustained in a life-threatening car accident in 2001. As a child he had begun composing at the age of 9, his first composition being entitled simply Sonata in C! By the age of 13 he had written and fully orchestrated a three movement piano concerto and at 14 was awarded a special composition prize by the British composer Sir Lennox Berkeley. Since then his performing career prevented him from pursuing his own writing. Then in 2001, while recovering from his injuries Gibbons began writing songs and has since had his music performed with great success in New York (in a concert consisting entirely of his own work) as well as in the UK and on the BBC.

Jack Gibbons signing CDs at Carnegie Hall, New York, February 2005 (photo by Colin Edwards)

Jack Gibbons' compositions to date include over 20 works for solo piano, two works for orchestra, and over 30 song settings mostly for soprano or bass of poems by a variety of authors including:

Christina Rossetti, Emily Brontė, Charlotte Brontė,
Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, Robert Burns, Percy Bysshe Shelley,
Vera Brittain, Edith Wharton, William Blake, Walter de la Mare,
John Dowland, Lord Byron, & Jack Gibbons

Audio samples of Jack's songs and piano music will be posted regularly on this web site. Below is a list of his works to date, with approximate durations. For any enquiries regarding the music of Jack Gibbons please send an email to info@jackgibbons.com. To listen to audio samples and read further information on specific pieces click on the images above these paragraphs.

List of the music to date of Jack Gibbons with approximate durations

 

SONGS (listed in alphabetical order)

A Life Beyond (words by Jack Gibbons) (c.2'30)

A Love Alive (words by Jack Gibbons) (c.4')

A Red, Red Rose (words by Robert Burns) (c.2'30)

Among the flowers (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.3')

Beloved Again (words by Emily Brontė) (c.4'30)

Cradle Song (words by John Phillip) (c.3')

Echo (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.3')

Echo’s Song (words by Ben Jonson) (c.3')

Epitaph for a child (words by Robert Herrick) (c.3')

How Sweet I Roam'd from Field to Field (words by William Blake) (c.2')

I Love My Jean (words by Robert Burns) (c.3')

I'll Not Weep (words by Emily Brontė) (c.4'30)

In The Lane (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.1'30)

Life (words by Charlotte Brontė) (c.2')

Longing (words by Matthew Arnold) (c.3')

Love me, I Love You (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2')

Mariana (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2')

May (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2'30)

Music, when and soft voices die (words by Percy Bysshe Shelley) (c.3')

Oh What Comes Over the Sea (words by Christina  Rossetti) (c.2')

Once (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.3')

Perhaps (to R.A.L.) (words by Vera Brittain) (c.5')

Remember Me (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.8')

Roses for the flush of youth (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2')

Sapessi pure! (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.3'30)

Shall Earth No More Inspire Three (words by Emily Brontė) (c.3')

Sing A Song Of Spring (words by Jack Gibbons) (c.3')

Sleep Not (words by Emily Brontė) (c.2'30)

The Bourne (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2')

The Garden of Love (words by William Blake) (c.2')

The Linnet (words by Walter de la Mare) (c.2')

The One Grief (words by Edith Wharton) (c.3'30)

The Parting Day (words by Edith Wharton) (c.3'30)

The Sun Is Set (words by Jack Gibbons) (c.3')

Weep you no more (words by John Dowland) (c.3')

When I am Dead My Dearest (words by Christina  Rossetti) (c.2')

When We Two Parted (words by Lord Byron) (c.3')

Why? (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2'30)

 

CHORAL (SATB unless otherwise stated)

Cradle Song (words by John Phillip) (c.3')

Love me, I Love You (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2')

Mariana (words by Christina Rossetti) (c.2')

Music, when and soft voices die (words by Percy Bysshe Shelley) (c.3')

Oh What Comes Over the Sea (words by Christina  Rossetti) (c.2')

Sudden Light, for women’s chorus (words by Dante Gabriel Rossetti) (c.3'30)

 

PIANO (listed in alphabetical order)

A New World Song (c.3'30)

A Song from the Old World (c.5')

Andante (c.4'30)

Andantino (c.3')

Consolation (c.7'30)

Contredanse (c.4'30)

Esquisses (c.15'30)

In Dulci Jubilo (c.3')

Lullaby (in memoriam)(c.5'30)

Melody in F sharp (c.5'30)

Menuetto antico (c.6'30)

Menuetto semplice (c.4')

Minuetto malinconico (c.3'30)

Music Box (c.4')

Nocturne (c.6)

Prelude in A flat (c.2')

Prelude in E major (c.2')

Preludio (c.3'30)

Pričre (c.4')

Sarabande (c.5'30)

Serenade (c.4'30)

Shanty (c.7')

Siciliano (c.3'30)

Song Without Words (c.4'30)

Tarantella (c.5'30)

Waltz in E flat minor (c.4')

Waltz in E major (c.3'30)

Waltz in F major (c.4')

Waltz in F minor (c.6')

Waltz in G major (c.3')

Waltz for a musical box (c.3'30)

 

INSTRUMENTAL

Siciliano for flute and piano (c.2'30)

Siciliano for flute, cello and piano (c.2'30)

 

ORCHESTRAL

Serenade for strings (in five movements) (c.21)

Lament for strings (c.7)

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