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979-0-57036-094-9 Fight music – Score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£14.00)


Fight music is a scene from a chamber opera that I’m working on called Les Bâtisseurs D’Empire (The Empire Builders), adapted from the Boris Vian play of the same name. Theopera is a violent, surreal comment on war and colonisation. This music accompanies a fight scene where members of the family and their maid savagely beat a bandaged mysterious figure lurking in the corner while discussing what they’ll eat for dinner. It’s absurdist cartoon horror.

Fight music was commissioned by Endymion, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary in 2009. It was first performed in the concert hall at Kings Place, London, by Endymion, conducted by Quentin Poole, on 5th June 2009. The premiere performance was recorded by NMC Recordings and is available on disc.

Fight music is dedicated to the players of Endymion.


4 minutes 50 seconds

Endymion cond. Quentin Poole, Kings Place, London, 5th June 2009

1 Flute, 1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Trumpet in B-flat, 1 Trombone, 1 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Violoncello, 1 Double bass
Composition date


Sound Census Endymion Ensemble, conducted by Quentin Poole April 2010 NMC Recordings NMCD160


18 May 2016

Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre

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30 June 2013

LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old St., London EC1V 9NG

Ashot Sarkissjan, The London Sprechchor. Melinda Maxwell, Leigh Melrose, The Warehouse Ensemble, Ligeti Quartet and others, conducted by Richard Baker

5 June 2009

Sound Census: Endymion week, Hall One, King's Place, London

Endymion cond. Quentin Poole