Professor Stephen Goss


Professor of Composition and Director of the International Guitar Research Centre
BA (Hons), MMus, PhD, LRAM, ARAM, FRAM
+44 (0) 1483 686504
43 PA 01
I work part-time at the University, usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Academic and research departments

Department of Music and Media.

Biography

Areas of specialism

Composition; Music of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries; Pluralism in music; Guitar history and repertoire; Performance practices in 20th and 21st Century music

University roles and responsibilities

  • Director of the International Guitar Research Centre
  • Departmental Director of Post Graduate Research

My qualifications

2018
FRAM - Honorary Fellowship, limited to 300 living graduates of the Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music
1999
ARAM - Honorary Associate
Royal Academy of Music
1997
PhD in Musical Composition
University of London
1987
MMus in Musical Performance
Royal Academy of Music
1986
LRAM in Performance
Royal Academy of Music
1985
BMus (Hons) in Music
University of Bristol

Affiliations and memberships

Incorporated Society of Musicians
Board Member
Guitar Foundation of America
Board Member
International Guitar Foundation
Board Member

News

Media Contacts

Contact the press team

Email:

mediarelations@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1483 684380 / 688914 / 684378
Out-of-hours: +44 (0)7773 479911
Senate House, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Research

Research interests

My teaching

Supervision

Postgraduate research supervision

Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised

My publications

Publications

For full details of publication, recordings, programme notes, audio clips and news of forthcoming performances and CD releases please visit www.stephengoss.net

 

Compositions

 

Minimal Effort (2018) for guitar orchestra, 7 mins

A Concerto of Colours (2017) for guitar and wind ensemble, 16 mins

Invisible Cities (2017) for violin, guitar, strings, and percussion, 30 mins

Carnival of Venice (2017) for guitar and orchestra (2.2.2.2., 3.2.2.0., t+1, strings)

Cinema Paradiso (2017) for guitar, 14 mins 

Songs of Ophelia (2016) for soprano and guitar, 9 mins

Labyrinth (2016) for guitar, 5 mins 

Talking Drums (2016) for two guitars, 8 mins

Sound of Iona (2016) for guitar, 4 mins

The Miller's Tale (2015) for theorbo, 10 mins

Watts Chapel (2015) for gutar, 6 mins

Sonata Capriccioso (2015) for gutar, 11 mins

Cantigas de Santiago (2014) for guitar, 20 mins

The Book of Songs (2014) for tenor and guitar, 18 mins

Illustrations to the Book of Songs (2014) for guitar, 12 mins

The Paganini Concerto (2014) for guitar and orchestra (2.2.2.2., 2.2.2.0., t+1p, strings)

Concerto for Five (2013) for violin, saxophone, cello, bass, piano and orchestra (2.2.2.2., 4.2.3.0., t+2p, strings)

Sonatina after a Concerto (2013) for guitar, 17 mins

Piano Concerto (2013) for piano and orchestra (2.2.2.2., 4.2.3.1., t+2p, strings)

The Flower of Cities (2012) for violin, 2 guitars, percussion and double bass, 26 mins

Songs of the Solar System (2012) for SSA choir and harp, 16 mins

Piano Cycle (2012) for piano, 12 mins

Marylebone Elegy (2012) for guitar, 6 mins

The Shard (2011) for large orchestra, 5 mins

River Winds (2011) for violin and piano, 12 mins

Caught Between (2011) for cello and piano, 17 mins

Mahler Lieder (2011) for four gutars, 17 mins

The Sea of the Edge (2010) for solo flute, 6 mins

Portraits and Landscapes (2010) for piano, 10 mins

Northern Lights 
(2010) for flute, guitar and bass clarinet (doubling C clarinet and soprano sax), 14 mins

American Pastoral (2010) for violin and guitar, 17 mins

Still the Sea 
(2009) for two guitars, 9 mins 



The Autumn Song (2009) for cello (or flute) and guitar (or piano), 7 mins

Variations on a Burns Air: Scherzo (2009) for piano quartet, 2 mins

The Albéniz Concerto 2009)for guitar and orchestra, 28 mins

Rough Music (2009) for piano and spoken voice, 15 mins, text: Fiona Sampson, music: Stephen Goss

Six Welsh Folksongs (1991/2008) for two guitars, or violin and guitar, or voice and guitar, 12 mins

Interludes (2008) for piano, 32 mins

El Llanto de los Sueños (the Weeping of Dreams) (2007) for guitar, 11 min

The Chinese Garden (2007) for guitar, 12 mins

from Honey to Ashes (2007) for flute and guitar, 16 mins

Sonata (2006) for solo guitar, 15 mins

Dark Knights and Holy Fools (2006) for percussion and guitar, 15 mins

Uneasy Dreams (2006) for saxophone quartet, 8 mins

Frozen Music (2005) for guitar and string trio, 20 mins

Park of Idols (2005) for cello and guitar, 11 mins

Drums and Trumpets (2005) for six trumpets and timpani, 1 min

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (2005) for violin, cello, bass clarinet and piano, 26 mins

The Raw and the Cooked (Le Cru et le Cuit) (2004) for two guitar, 15 mins

Raise the Red Lantern (2004) for solo guitar, 16 mins

invisible starfall (2003) for solo piano, 1 min

Tango: The White Queen (2003) for violin, bandoneon, guitar, piano and double bass, 5 mins

Oxen of the Sun (2003) for ten-string and six-string guitar, 17 mins

Gymnopédies after Erik Satie (2003) for flute and piano, 7 mins

Spin (2003) for six dancers, flute, soprano saxophone, piano, guitar, sitar, video and electronics, 32 mins

Gnossiennes after Erik Satie (2002) for four guitars, 12 mins

First Milonga, Last Tango (2002) for flute and guitar, 8 mins

Trumpets and Clocks (2002) for four trumpets, two trombones and timpani, 2 mins

an ideal insomnia (2002) for piano, 11 mins

Cottleston Pie (2001) for unaccompanied choir, SSAATTBB, 9 mins

Lachrymae (2001) for four guitars, 5 mins

Tango (2001) for four dancers, clarinet, accordion, vibraphone, marimba, suspended cymbal and double bass, 5 mins

Looking Glass Ties (2001) for solo guitar, 21 mins

Carmen Fantasy
 (1998) a fantasy, for four guitars, on themes from Bizet's Carmen, 22 mins

Defying Gravity
 (1997) for high voice and guitar, 13 mins

Arcadia 
(1996) for nineteen solo strings, 22 mins

E 
(1996) an encore piece for solo guitar, 2 mins

Dreamchild
 (1994/5) for soprano and large ensemble, 35 mins(flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, two trumpets, trombone, two marimbas, vibraphone, celesta, glockenspiel, untuned percussion, harp, piano, and bass guitar)

One-Nil
 (1994) a fanfare for brass quintet, 2 mins

Tempo of Three Quartered 
(1993) for three eight-part guitar orchestras, 9 mins

Saviour of the World
 (1992) an English anthem for double SATB choir and organ, 6 mins

Under Milk Wood Songs
 (1990) for soprano and guitar, 11 mins

Under Milk Wood Variations (1989) for narrator and four guitars, 14 mins

Six Inventions (1986) for solo cello, 8 mins

Hymnen an die Nacht
 (1985) an orchestral song-cycle for solo mezzo-soprano and solo baritone, 17 mins

 

Journal Articles and Interviews

 

The Albéniz Concerto Cover article in Classical Guitar Magazine, January 2011, 6pp (Ashley Mark, Blaydon on Tyne)



Uneasy Dreams: compositional process in the music of Stephen Goss Filmed interview 60 mins (Kingston University, FMR DVD004-0310, June 2009)

To-ing and Fro-ing: collaboration in the music of Stephen Goss
 Cover article and extended interview by Colin Cooper in Classical Guitar Magazine, May and June 2008, 12pp (Ashley Mark, Blaydon on Tyne)



The Society of Influences Cover Article New Notes, March 2005, 4pp (Journal of the Society for the Promotion of New Music, London)

Contemporary Composers: Stephen Goss Interview feature in Classical Guitar Magazine February 2004, 8pp (Ashley Mark, Blaydon on Tyne)



Come Heavy Sleep: motive and metaphor in Britten's Nocturnal for Guitar Op. 70 Guitar Forum 1, 24pp, (EGTA, UK, September 2001)Refereed Journal

The guitar and the musical canon: myths of tradition and heritage in concert repertoire and didactic methodology The Journal of the European Guitar Teachers' Association, 6pp, (EGTA, UK, July 2000).Refereed Journal also published on-line

Supporting skills for guitarists Course units for Reading University's Music Teaching in Private Practice postgraduate diploma course and MA in Music Education, 33 pp (Reading University Press, 1997)

Innovations in Post-1970 European Guitar Composition MMus dissertation published in Classical Guitar Magazine in monthly instalments from October 1989 to January 1990 under the serial title Innovations, 23 pp (Ashley Mark, Blaydon on Tyne, 1989&1990)

Guitar Grade Exams Co-author (with three other writers) of EGTA's report and recommendation for the modernisation of guitar grade exams, 35 pp (EGTA, UK, 1993)

 

Selected conference papers and invited lectures

 

Rhetoric and Melancholy in Britten's guitar music Keynote lecture: Iserlohn Guitar Symposium (Iserlohn, Germany, August 2010)

Has Modernism had its day? Keynote paper: soundSCAPE festival (Maccagno, Italy, July 2010)

Preludes and Interludes Invited paper (Royal Academy of Music, London, May 2010)

Processes in Music-Making Research Group, PiMMReg: an introduction Conference: The Collaborative Process (University of York, March 2010)

The Collaborative Process in the music of Stephen Goss Invited lecture (Manhattan School of Music, New York, USA, February 2010)

Songs without words: setting poetry in music Invited lecture: Beyond the Lyric University of Warwick, November 2008, (King's College, University of London, December 2009, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 2009, )

The Music of Stephen Goss Artist-in-residence lecture (Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 2009)

Bach on the Guitar Invited lecture (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, November 2008)

Collaboration and Creativity: The evolution of a new work Guitar Foundation of America Convention (San Francisco Conservatory, California, USA, August 2008)

Oxen of the Sun: Reflections on the Collaborative Process Invited lecture (Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio, USA, March 2008, University of Denver, Colorado, USA, March 2008) 

Improvisation and the Creative Process (University of Denver, Colorado, USA, February 2008)

The Collaborative Process in the music of Stephen Goss Invited lecture (Cornish College, Seattle, Washington, USA, February 2008, University of Washinton, Seattle, Washington, USA, February 2008, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA, February 2008)

Frozen in Time, notes from the margin: the composer in contemporary culture  (California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA, February 2008, University of Denver, Colorado, USA, January 2009, Guildford International Music Festival University of Surrey, March 2007)

Britten and the Guitar Invited lecture (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, November 2007)

Collaboration, experimentation and improvisation in notated concert music Fifth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 (University of York, July 2007)


The music of Stephen Goss lecture and masterclass (Robert Schumann Hochschule, Düsseldorf , Germany, November 2006)

Sonata for solo guitar a lecture recital with Michael Partington (University of Washington)(Royal College of Music, University of London, November 2006)

The Anxiety of Affluence: the music of Ades, Nyman and Benjamin (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, November 2006)

Collaboration and Urtext: notions of the 'original score' in new music (University of Denver, Colorado, USA, October 2006)

Intertextuality in the music of Stephen Goss composition department research seminar (University of Denver, Colorado, USA, October 2006)

Keynote Paper:The Guitar in Mozart and Mozart on the Guitar 14. Internationales Pfingstseminar (University of Koblenz, Germany, June 2006)

Post-modern or Post-mortem: intertextuality in new music (University of Keele, November 2005)

Round Table: Marketing New Music: From Assimilation to Affiliation? Nicholas Reyland (London Sinfonietta, Keele University - chair) Karen Cardy (Marketing Manager, London Symphony Orchestra) John Fosbrook (Promotion Manager, Chester Music/Novello & Co., formerly SPNM) Stephen Goss (Composer and guitarist, University of Surrey) Gillian Moore (Artistic Director, London Sinfonietta) Keith Potter (The Independent , Goldsmiths College)
 Philip Tagney (Senior Producer BBC Radio 3, responsible for new music); The Fourth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 (University of Sussex, August 2005)

Keynote Paper: Composing in the Society of Influences Second Mtpp Research Conference on Music Teaching and Learning 'Musical Creativity' Reading University International Centre for Research in Music Education (University of Reading, July 2005)

Keynote Paper: Idiom versus Imagination 13. Internationales Pfingstseminar (University of Koblenz, Germany, May 2005)

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation Guildford International Music Festival (University of Surrey, March 2005)

an ideal insomnia: Mahler and Alter Klang Public Lecture (Royal Academy of Music, University of London, January 2005)

Keynote Paper: The recent guitar music of Stephen Goss Dundee International Guitar Festival (Caird Hall, Dundee, July 2004)

The guitar in music education, an introduction First Mtpp Research Conference on Music Teaching and Learning, Reading University International Centre for Research in Music Education (University of Reading, July 2004)

New Music for Guitar: latest techniques and trends composition department lecture-recital (Royal Academy of Music, University of London, November 2003)

an ideal insomnia: assimilating borrowed materials (University of Surrey, December 2002)

Keynote Paper: The Guitar and the Musical Canon: The myths of tradition and heritage in concert repertoire and didactic methodology 3rd EGTA International Congress 'The Teacher as Composer, The Composer as Teacher' (Girton College, Cambridge, July 2000)