Nicola LeFanu
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Note: works up to 1998 published by Novello (Novello); from 1999 published by Edition Peters (EP)
  1. Opera and Music Theatre [+]
    Anti-World (1972) – 20 minutes (Novello)
    Music Theatre for Dancer, Soprano and Baritone with three players (afl.cl/perc)

    Dawnpath (1977) – 50 minutes (Novello)
    Chamber Opera for Soprano, Baritone and Dancer with five players (fl(afl).cl(bcl).hn.perc.vc)

    The Story of Mary O'Neill (1986) – 1 hour 15 minutes (Novello)
    Radio Opera for 17 unaccompanied singers
    Soloist Soprano
    16 voices - SSSSAAAATTTTBBBB (one voice to a part)

    The Green Children (1990) – 1 hour 30 minutes (Novello)
    Children’s Opera (libretto Kevin Crossley-Holland)
    Soloists - 3 Adults (STB), 5 young voices (2 Sopranos, Treble, 2 Baritones)
    Children’s chorus (unbroken voices)
    Ensemble (adult) - fl((pic).cl(bcl)/perc/gtr/vc

    Blood Wedding (1992) – 2 hours (Novello)
    Opera (libretto Deborah Levy after Lorca)
    15 singers and Chamber Orchestra (1(picc:afl).0.1(asax:bcl).1/2110/3perc/epf (sampler)/hp/2vn.2vc.db)

    The Wildman (1995) – 2 hours (Novello)
    Opera (libretto Kevin Crossley-Holland)
    Soloists - 2 Baritones, Bass, Mezzo Soprano, 2 Sopranos, 2 Tenors
    Chamber Orchestra - fl(picc:afl)ob(ca)cl(Eb:A:bcl)/hn.tpt/2perc(MIDI-CAT)/vn.va.2vc.db

    Light Passing (2004) – 1 hour 10 minutes EP 71224
    Chamber Opera (libretto John Edmonds)
    7 solo singers (Treble, Soprano, Contralto, Countertenor, 2 Tenors, Bass-baritone) Chamber Ensemble of six players (fl,bsn,tpt,1 perc,hp,vc) and small chorus (SATB, may be amateur)

    Dream Hunter (2011) – 50 minutes EP 72026
    Chamber Opera (libretto John Fuller)
    4 singers (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Bass-baritone), Chamber Ensemble of seven players (fl,cl,tbn,1 perc, hp,vln,vc)

    Tokaido Road, a Journey after Hiroshige (2014) – 55 minutes EP 72572
    Chamber opera (libretto Nancy Gaffield) with projection of Hiroshige’s woodblock prints.
    3 Singers (soprano, mezzo soprano, baritone). Mime/dancer.
    Chamber ensemble of six players (sho, koto, ob, cl, vla, vc)
  2. Orchestra [+]
    Preludio I (1967) – 6 minutes (Novello)
    1111/1000/str

    The Hidden Landscape (1973) – 23 minutes (Novello)
    4(3pic)3(ca)4(3bcl)3(cbn)/443(btbn)1/timp.4perc/hp.pf(cel)/gtr/str

    Columbia Falls (1975) – 22 minutes (Novello)
    3(2pic)233(cbn)/4331/4perc/hp/str

    Preludio II (1976) – 7 minutes (Novello)
    1111/2000/str

    Farne (1980) – 20 minutes (Novello)
    2222/2331/3perc/str

    Concertino for Chamber Orchestra (2005) – 10 minutes EP 71227
    1111/2100/str(3.3.2.2.1 min)

    Wind-blown Seeds for String Orchestra (2012) – 15 minutes EP 72245
    Str: 6.6.4.4.2

    Threnody (2015) – 6 minutes EP 72636a
    3333/4331/timp. 2 perc/hp/str
  3. Soloist(s) and Orchestra [+]
    Wind among the Pines: Five Images of Norfolk (1987) – 20 minutes (Novello)
    Soloist: Soprano
    3(2pic)333(cbn)/4330/timp.3perc/str

    Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra (1989) – 20 minutes (Novello)
    Soloist: Alto Saxophone
    String Orchestra (6.5.4.3.2)

    Concertino for Clarinet and Strings (1997) – 16 minutes (Novello)
    Soloist: Clarinet
    String Orchestra

    Duo Concertante (1999) – 18 minutes (Novello)
    Soloists: Viola, Violin
    2222/2100/str

    Amores (2004) – 21 minutes EP 71217
    Five Songs without words for Horn and Strings
    Soloist: Horn
    String Orchestra (3.3.3.2.1 min)

    The Crimson Bird for soprano and orchestra (2016) – 23 minutes EP 72890
    Soloist: soprano
    3333/4331/timp3 perc/harp/cel/str.
    text
  4. Soloist(s) and Ensemble (7 or more players) [+]
    Deva (1979) – 20 minutes (Novello)
    Solo Cello and seven players (afl.cl.bn/hn/vln.vla.db)

    The Old Woman of Beare (1981) – 18 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano and Ensemble of 13 players
    Soloist Soprano
    1111/1110/2perc/hp/str(1.0.1.1.0)

    May Rain for mezzo-soprano and ten instruments. (2017) – 5 minutes EP
    Soloist: Mezzo-soprano
    Fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, vln, vln, vla, cello, db.
    A larger string ensemble can be used, if desired
  5. Larger Chamber Ensemble [+]
    Songs & Sketches (1971) – 13 minutes (Novello)
    Cello Ensemble
    Educational work (all standards)

    Collana for six players (1976) – 12 minutes (Novello)
    Soloist Percussion
    fl(afl)cl(bcl)/vn.vc.db

    Sextet – Fasach – A Wild Garden (1996) – 15 minutes (Novello)
    fl(pic,afl)cl(bcl)/perc/pf/vln.vc

    Catena (2001) – 18 minutes EP 71234
    11 solo strings (3.3.2.2.1)

    Stories for Farrera (2006) – 10 minutes EP71791
    Three pieces for accordion band
    Educational work (Intermediate standard)
  6. Instrumental (2 to 5 players) [+]
    Variations for oboe quartet (1968) – 11 minutes (Novello)
    ob.vln.vla.vc

    Abstracts and a Frame for violin and piano (1971) – 11 minutes (Novello)
    violin/pf

    Trio 1 (1980) – 11 minutes (Novello)
    fl(pic).perc.vc

    SPNM Birthday Fanfare (1983) – 1 minute (Novello)
    2 Trumpets

    Moon Over Western Ridge, Mootwingee: Quartet for Saxophones (1985) – 13 minutes (Novello)
    Saxophone quartet

    Invisible Places for clarinet and string quartet (1986) – 16 minutes (Novello)
    cl.str4tet

    Lament 1988 for four players (1988) – 16 minutes (Novello)
    ob.cl.va.vc

    Lullaby for clarinet and piano (1988) – 7 minutes (Novello)
    clarinet (A)/pf

    Nocturne for cello and piano (1988) – 6 minutes (Novello)
    cello/pf

    String Quartet I (1988) – 15 minutes (Novello)
    String Quartet

    String Quartet II (1996) – 9 minutes (Novello)
    String Quartet

    Seven Inventions and a Passacaglia (2000) – 14 minutes EP 71208
    Previously entitled ‘A Little Sketchbook’
    Piano Duet

    Miniature and Canon for piano quartet (2000) – 4 minutes EP 71207
    pf.vln.vla.vc
    Educational Work (Intermediate standard)

    A Little Concerto (2001) – 15 minutes EP 71213
    Clarinet and String Trio

    Isobirthday (2002) – 4 minutes EP 71230
    Flute and Clarinet

    Piano Trio (2003) – 16 minutes EP 712131
    vln.vc.pn

    Song of the Night Sky (2004) – 2 minutes EP 71212
    Clarinet/pf (Grade 4)
    Also available from ABRSM ‘Spectrum for Clarinet’

    Night Song with Frogs (2004) – 6 minutes EP 71218
    Cimbalom (or harpsichord) and CD (pre-recorded frogs)

    Night Songs for four players (2005) – 12 minutes EP 71223
    fl(picc,afl).hn.vla.hp

    Songs without Words for four players (2005) – 8 minutes EP 71226
    cl.vln.vla.vc

    Echo and Narcissus (2006) – 13 minutes EP 71209
    Two Pianos

    One Voice in Two Parts (2007) – 4 minutes EP 71232
    Two Recorders (Soprano and Bass)

    Sea Sketches (2008) – 10 minutes EP 71210
    Clarinet/pf

    String Quartet 3 (2010) – 11 minutes EP 72112
    String Quartet

    Harlequin Memories (2011) – 20 minutes EP 72215
    Bassoon and String Quartet

    Fantasy for four harps (2014) – 5 minutes EP 72669

    Rondel for wind quintet (2016) – 10 minutes EP
  7. Solo Works (Instrumental) [+]
    Soliloquy (1966) – 4 minutes (Novello)
    Oboe

    Chiaroscuro (1969) – 13 minutes (Novello)
    Piano

    Omega (1972) – 7 minutes (Novello)
    Organ

    Ervallagh (1993) – 5 minutes (Novello)
    Alto Saxophone

    Dawns Dove (1994) – 4 minutes (Novello)
    Recorder

    Prelude (2001) – 2 minutes EP 71221
    Cello (Intermediate Standard)
    Also available from ABRSM in ‘Spectrum for Cello’

    And So the Night Became (2002) – 7 minutes EP 71220
    Prepared Piano – piano preparation as for John Cage Sonatas and Interludes

    A Postcard and a Letter (2006/8) – 3 minutes EP 71728
    Solo Piano

    Sir Harlequin (2012) – 14 minutes EP 72292
    Bassoon

    Eight Studies (2012) – 16 minutes EP 72423
    Piano

    A Phoenix for Carla (2012) – 10 minutes EP 72465
    Solo Flutes (flute d’amour and alto flute)

    A Birthday Card for Jane O’Leary (2016) — 3 minutes EP 73000
    Solo piano
  8. Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players [+]
    Il Cantico Dei Cantici II (1968) – 5 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano

    But Stars Remaining (1970) – 8 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano

    Rondeaux (1972) – 11 minutes (Novello)
    Tenor and Horn

    Paysage (1973) – 8 minutes (Novello)
    Baritone

    The Same Day Dawns (1974) – 18 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano and Ensemble (fl(afl).cl(bcl)/perc/vn.vc)

    A Penny For A Song (1981) – 18 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano and Piano

    Trio 2: Song for Peter (1983) – 18 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano, Clarinet and Cello

    I am Bread (1987) – 7 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano and Piano

    Sundari and the Secret Message (1993) – 20 minutes (Novello)
    Narrator and Ensemble (fl(pic)/sitar.tabla.epf/vc)

    La Cancion De La Luna (1994) – 10 minutes (Novello)
    Countertenor and String Quartet

    Mira Clar Tenebras (2002) – 20 minutes (complete) EP 71206
    Mezzo Soprano and three players (oboe d’amore/cor anglais, viola, harp)

    Two French Songs (2003) – 7 minutes EP 71063
    Billet à Whistler and Au Chat (also available separately: EP 71229/71222)
    Soprano and Piano

    Songs for Jane (2006) – 7 minutes EP 71211
    Soprano and Viola

    Alkman the Choirmaster (2007) – 12 minutes EP 71215
    Tenor and Harp

    Two Auden Songs (2007) – 8 minutes (together) EP 71225
    Lullaby- ‘Lay your Sleeping Head’ and Edward Lear (also available separately: EP 71219/71792)
    Tenor and Piano

    The Bourne (2008) – 2 minutes EP 71730
    Soprano and Harp

    The Tongue and the Heart (2008) – 10 minutes EP 71044
    Soprano and Cello

    Finding (2008) – 4 minutes EP 71789
    Baritone and Piano
  9. Choral a cappella / Choral plus 1 instrument [+]
    Christ Calls Man Home (1971) – 14 minutes (Novello)
    Soloists 2 Sopranos
    3 SATB choirs

    The Little Valleys (1975) – 4 minutes (Novello)
    SSSS Choir

    For We Are The Stars (1978) – 8 minutes (Novello)
    16 Solo Voices (4S.4A.4T.4B)

    Verses From Psalm 90 (1978) – 3 minutes (Novello)
    Anthem
    Soloist Soprano
    SSAATTBB Choir

    Rory's Rounds (1983) (Novello)
    Unison Children’s voices
    Melody instruments may be used to double voices, and percussion may be added

    The Story of Mary O'Neill (1986) – 1 hour 15 minutes (Novello)
    Radio Opera for 17 unaccompanied singers
    Soloist Soprano
    16 voices - SSSSAAAATTTTBBBB (one voice to a part)

    The Silver Strand (1989) – 10 minutes (Novello)
    SATB Choir (adapted from 'Stranded on my Heart')

    Four Rounds From ‘The Green Children’ (1990) (Novello)
    Unison Children’s voices

    The Spirit Moves (1992) – 4 minutes (Novello)
    Anthem
    SATB Choir

    On The Wind (1997) – 5 minutes (Novello)
    SATB Choir

    Misterium Mirabile (1999) – 4 minutes EP 71216
    SSA Choir
    Rosa Sine Spine (2002) – 4 minutes EP 71205
    SSA Choir or Soli
    These two carols also sold together as:
    Two Latin Carols – 8 minutes EP71064
    SSA Choir

    Five Songs from Catalunya (2006) – 12 minutes (complete) EP 71790
    Henny Penny; The Storm Cock; The Month of May; The Moon in the Clear Blue Sky; Lullaby, Sleep and Dream.
    SATB Choir (amateur)

    Rossetti Songs for women’s voices (2008) – 5 minutes (complete) EP 71735
    The Bourne; The Pancake; Lullaby; No friend like a sister; The Swallow; Home by Different Ways; October Canzonet.
    SSAA Choir (amateur)

    St Ita’s Lullaby (2014) – 3 minutes (EP 72629)
    Christmas Carol
    SATB
  10. Choir and Orchestra/Ensemble [+]
    The Valleys Shall Sing (1973) – 12 minutes (Novello)
    SATB Choir and Wind Ensemble (2bn.2tpt.3tbn)

    Like a Wave of the Sea (1981) – 20 minutes (Novello)
    SATB Choir and Ensemble of early instruments

    Stranded on my Heart (1984) – 22 minutes (Novello)
    Soloist tenor
    SATB Choir and String Orchestra
  11. Dance [+]
    The Last Laugh (1972) – 16 minutes (Novello)
    Soprano and Ensemble (fl.ca.cl.bn/va.db/tape)
  12. Installation (with David Lumsdaine and Barbara Freeman) [+]
    Gathering Paths (1998) – duration variable, to 45 minutes
    Percussion and CD (ms)
    First performance: May 12, 1998, Tim Williams (perc), Ormeau Baths Galleries, Belfast.
    Commissioned by Sonorities Festival, Belfast.
  13. Radiophonic (with David Lumsdaine) [+]
    A Wild Ride to Heaven (1980) – 59 minutes
    First broadcast performance: October 1980
    Commissioned by BBC
  14. Educational [+]
    Instrumental

    Songs & Sketches (1971) – 13 minutes (Novello)
    Cello Ensemble
    Educational work (all standards)
    First performance: May 1972, Kathleen Anderson Cello Ensemble, Farnham. Commissioned by the Farnham Festival.

    Stories for Farrera (2006) – 10 minutes EP71791
    Three pieces for accordion band
    Educational work (Intermediate standard)
    First performance: 3 June 2006, Farrera, Catalonia.

    Miniature and Canon for piano quartet (2000) – 4 minutes EP 71207
    pf.vln.vla.vc
    Educational Work (Intermediate standard)
    First performance 23 March 2001, The Schubert Ensemble. Wigmore Hall, London.
    Commissioned by The Schubert Ensemble for Chamber Music 2000.

    Song of the Night Sky (2004) – 2 minutes EP 71212
    Clarinet/pf (Grade 4)
    Also available from ABRSM ‘Spectrum for Clarinet’, ed. Ian Mitchell
    Commissioned by ABRSM

    Prelude (2001) – 2 minutes EP 71221
    Cello (Intermediate Standard)
    Also available from ABRSM in ‘Spectrum for Cello’ ed. William Bruce
    Commissioned by ABRSM

    Vocal

    Rory's Rounds (1983) (Novello)
    Unison Children’s voices
    Melody instruments may be used to double voices,
    and percussion may be added.

    Four Rounds From ‘The Green Children’ 1990 (Novello)
    Unison Children’s voices
    from the opera The Green Children
    Text: Kevin Crossley-Holland

    See also:
    The Green Children (1990) – 1 hour 30 minutes (Novello)
    Children’s Opera
    Libretto: Kevin Crossley – Holland
    Soloists - 3 Adults (STB), 5 young voices (2 Sopranos, Treble, 2 Baritones)
    Children’s chorus (unbroken voices)
    Ensemble (adult) fl(picc)/cl(bcl)/perc/gtr/vc
    The opera contains ‘windows’ where the children may compose their own scenes