Neville Bower

On moving to Lichfield, Staffordshire, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in 1986, I destroyed many early manuscripts of works with which I was dissatisfied or served no useful purpose: Amongst these were remnants of two “Symphonies”, many songs and works for school use – also an early “Piano Concerto” and “Concertino”. I began ‘composing’ aged about ten but all these early pieces, including a piece called “Agincourt”, with many loud bangs and much horse-riding, and an even earlier “Waltz in Db” (much of which I can still remember) were either lost or destroyed. After all, these were pieces written in India (where moths and white-ants eat manuscript paper for lunch), and since my father was in the Army for much of the time, and we had to move around a lot, things got lost oft times in transit.

  It was never my habit to indulge myself in opus-numbers until recently when first compiling this catalogue of still-existing works. I have attempted to systemize my output by (as far as memory serves me) correctly listing in order of chronology those pieces still existing, and so numbering them.

Neville Bower, 2003

Nymet Music has had a long association with the late Neville Bower, which started when he asked Elizabeth Bowden (owner of Nymet Music) to engrave and print copies of "Dance of Life" - a solo for Viola and Piano. A further twelve works were engraved over the years, production of his Violin Sonata being very nearly completed at the time of his death, and then finally checked by Lydia Mordkovitch. These works were published by the composer, but were always promoted and offered for sale by Nymet Music. Any musicians wishing to perform his work and purchase copies are, for the time being, invited to contact Nymet Music who will pass on their request to the estate.

Neville Bower studied composition with Patrick Hadley and piano with Kendall Taylor, at the Royal College of Music. After a short career as a concert pianist and ballet pianist, he followed a more serious career as a composer whilst working as Director of Music at Ealing Grammar School. He composed much music for school use, but also wrote works for orchestra, choir, solo instruments and small ensembles. For a time he also conducted the Apollo Singers and amateur orchestras. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured in recital and concert programmes.

Orchestral works include:
Concertante for Oboe and Orchestra
Trumpet Concerto
The Gardens of Villandry for Large Orchestra
Prelude and Threnody for Double String Orchestra

Chamber Music includes:
String Quartet
Piano Sonata
Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Violin Sonata op. 51 (Soundscape for Vincent)

Keyboard music includes:
Music for a While (a collection of Piano Pieces)

Three Soundscapes for Piano (op.33):-
Prism (No. 1)
Greenscape (No. 2)
Llyn Cau (No. 3)

Eternal for Organ

Escapements for Piano

Four Sound Pieces:
Evocation for Clarinet and Piano
Dance of Life for Viola and Piano
Ecstasy for Cello and Piano
Glory for Trumpet and Piano.

Song Cycles include:
The Dream Follower (nine songs to words by Thomas Hardy for Counter-Tenor and Piano)
Ghosts and Dreams (seven songs to words by Thomas Hardy)
Songs of Innocence (seven songs to words by William Blake)
Songs of Experience (ten songs to words by William Blake)
The Path of Dreams (three songs to words by Brooke, Tessimond, Wilde).

Neville Bower's Essay on Creativity:

The British Composer Series: Neville Bower:

Since April 2002, Nymet Music has published:
DANCE OF LIFE Op. 28 ISMN M 708040 11 8
EVOCATION Op. 14 ISMN M 708040 17 0
ESCAPEMENTS Op. 13 ISMN M 708040 31 6
GREENSCAPE Op. 33 No. 2 ISMN M 708040 46 0
THE DREAM FOLLOWER Op. 30 ISMN M 708040 22 4
ETERNAL Op. 32 ISMN M 708040 13 2
PRISM Op. 33 No.1 ISMN M 708040 18 7
MUSIC FOR A WHILE Op. 39 ISMN M 708040 12 5
SONGS OF INNOCENCE Op. 46 ISMN M 708040 15 6
GHOSTS AND DREAMS Op. 53 ISMN M 708040 14 9
VIOLIN SONATA Op. 51 ISMN M 708040 71 2

If you wish to purchase copies of Neville's work, please contact Nymet Music who will pass on your request to Neville Bower's estate.
Nymet Music, 4 Pitt Court, Nymet Rowland, Crediton, Devon EX17 6AN - 01363 83515


Neville Bower