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Composer:Pollard, Mark (b.1957)
Publisher Ref:BDRS6

Price: £2.75
Skill Level:E+
Publisher:British Double Reed Society
Year of Issue:1993
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
Mark C. Pollard studied composition and music theory at La Trobe University with Theodore Dollarhide, Graham Hair and Jeffrey Pressing. He worked as a tutor in music (then senior tutor) at La Trobe University from 1980 to 1985 before being appointed lecturer in contemporary materials at the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, in 1986. He received the Jacobena Angliss Music Award in 1983, and was winner of the Canberra Young Composers' Competition and finalist in the third Tokyo international composition contest (1988). Works include: 'Mirror of Pieces in Glass' for 4-8 part choir (1985); Elision - 'Highly Strung' (1987); 'A Sympathetic Resonance' for 10 string guitars; 'With Seven Nailed Sorrows' (1988); Pipeline - 'To cast a Shadow' (1986); 'From Your Lips to God's Ear' (1988).

Mark Pollard is among the most prominent of a group of younger composers who have come to the fore in Melbourne during the 1980s. His music has developed from a strong theoretical background in serial techniques and is informed by the colour and drama of contrasting sonorities, dynamics and rhythmic patterns. Slow-moving bands of sound, interspersed with sudden, explosive gestures are frequently juxtaposed with rapid and rhythmically complex passages which carry the music forward and make considerable demands on the virtuosity of the performers. Not for him the simplicity of minimalism, nor the overt appeal to the emotions of the neo-romantics.
A feature of Pollard's career has been his close association with the new music ensembles which have emerged in his home town of Melbourne parallel with his development as a composer. Much of his music has been written expressly for groups such as Pipeline, Elision and the Astra Society, and it is no doubt, mainly for this reason, that his work so far is primarily for mixed chamber ensembles and for solo or mixed voices. His one orchestral work, the Chamber Symphony, was composed in response to his participation in the Young Composers' School with the ABC's Training Orchestra in 1984. In Mark Pollard's rise to prominence, both as a composer and as a teacher, during the past ten years, a significant new voice has been added to music in Australia.

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