~ Works

On this page I'm gradually uploading recordings and scores of everything I've written. Feel free to download/modify/play/perform anything that takes your fancy, and if you make any recordings or arrangements let me know and I'll stick a link up here.

 

Aspiration

Voice, Flute, Violin, Horn and Cello
1'55"

The title and words of this song are straight from an exquisite poem by Californian journalist, author and poet Ming Holden. I heartily advise checking her out. I wrote the music while daydreaming about being back in the mid-west US.

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Deighton's Courage

Guitar and Voice
3'50"

For my fourth grade teacher, Deighton Alleyne. He also bought me my first beer, but that was some time later.

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Hush Of Stone

Two Violins
1'20"

A short duet which owes a lot to early church music (links of particular use to anyone searching for nature photography montages).

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Karahi

Twelve Violins and One or Two Voices
9'10"

This piece was written for Flora Curzon, who is awesome both generally and in terms of her violin skills. It contains texts from Ming Holden and an anonymous 13th Century Japanese poet, translated by Robert Bower and Earl Miner.

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Larkin

Two Violins, Horn and Cello
2'00"

A semi-improvised piece based around the idea that Philip Larkin poems are just awesome!

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90s Latin House Track

Various Synths, Processed Female Vocals
4'15"

A track written for Blind Summit's 'The Heads'. Tragically it didn't make the final cut, but it still makes me smile.

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Greyhound

Two Pianos
7'40"

A duet in three movements. When I was eighteen I zig-zagged across the USA with a couple of friends in Greyhound busses. A long ride could easily last more than 12 and there was something hypnotic about watching the changing space outside a window for that sort of stretch; plains becoming forests becoming mountains.

This piece is about travelling on a Greyhound through the day (Mvt I), twilight (Mvt II) and into night (Mvt III)

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Pulang

Guitar and Voice
3'20"

This is about climbing Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia. To avoid the heat, you wake at about 4am and do most of the climb by moonlight. The words in the chorus are Indonesian: pergi means go, and pulang means return home.

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Waves

Four Violins
3'30"

Music for the first scene of a new dance piece currently in development.

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Creative Commons License

All works by Jon Whitten on this website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Take, share, perform and alter them howsoever you like, but please don't sell them. And if you do get up to something with one of them then email me, I am massively curious to know what it was.