Roger Marsh

Bits & Scraps...

Roger Marsh (b. 1949)
Marsh studied music composition at the University of York, from which he received a doctorate in 1975. His principal composition teacher was Bernard Rands. Following graduation, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and spent two years as an Associate Fellow at the Center for Music Experiment and Related Research at the University of California at San Diego, whose Director at the time was Roger Reynolds, another composer featured on Apmonia. Returning to England, Marsh taught composition at the University of Keele, serving as the head of the music department from 1975-1978. Currently he is on the faculty of the University of York, where he co-founded the Centre for Japanese Music in 1990. In 1993 he and his wife Anna Myatt founded Black Hair, a contemporary musical ensemble taking its name from a Japanese ghost story and dedicated to the works of modern masters such as Schoenberg, Webern, Stravisnky, and Berio.
Roger Marsh's extensive catalogue features a number of music theatre pieces as well as more traditional concert works. Influenced by Samuel Beckett and Japanese Noh drama, Marsh's theatrical work has a keen sense of humor. He also has an affinity for James Joyce -- Marsh produced the Naxos Audiobook versions of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake, as well as abridging the texts for recording.

PS -- (1971) For female voice, double bass, and trombone. (Planned for the future.)

Bits and Scraps -- (1979) For soprano, alto, tenor, bass, technician/vocalist, and light; alternate version for actor/vocalist and tape. (Planned for the future.)

More Marsh on the Libyrinth:

Marsh and Joyce -- this is the Roger Marsh page at Bronze by Gold, which details his Joycean composition Not a Soul but Ourselves....

Links/CDs/Sound Samples

Roger Marsh maintains an official Homepage from the University of York.

Naxos Audiobooks has a page that contains an essay by Marsh on Joyce's Finnegans Wake. You must access their main page and then search using "Roger Marsh." The essay, "The Purest Blarney You Never Heard," is also available on the Brazen Head.

The Brazen Head's Audio Pages contain information about Marsh's productions of Joyce on tape.

There are no Roger Marsh pieces currently available on CD, however you may purchase Roger Marsh-produced Joyce "Books on Tape" online from below. The Naxos version of Finnegans Wake -- which must be ordered directly from Naxos -- contains excerpts from his Joycean work Not a Soul But Ourselves...

Ulysses (Naxos)
James Joyce / Audio Cassette / Published 1995

Ulysses (Naxos)
James Joyce / CDs / Published 1995

--A. Ruch
16 March 2001

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