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Awakening

By Tony Wheeler

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Bb clarinet (with optional cello) and piano, c.4'45. Medium level of difficulty.

This pieces utilises the wide ranges and rich timbres of the bass clarinet and the Bb clarinet. The writing is strongly melodic throughout, integrated with harmonic material which ranges from mildly dissonant to decidedly diatonic. The transition in harmonic material can be seen in some ways to reflect the title of the piece, representing perhaps a transformation from clouds and mist to clear, blue skies and sunlight.
Composed 2017

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ISMN 9790720209685
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Blue Moon

By Tony Wheeler

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Tenor saxophone, er-hu (or violin) and piano, c.4'30.  

Combinations of dissonant and blues style intervals set the harmonic background for this piece - a drawing together of western and Chinese musical elements.  Composed 2013.

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ISMN 9790720133409
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Bodhisattva of the Silk Road

By Tony Wheeler

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Two pieces for Erhu (two string Chinese fiddle) and Zhong Ruan (four string Chinese guitar)  

A musical portrayal of various aspects of life, both ancient and present, in the far western province of Gansu, a region characterized by vast expanses of dry, sandy desert, and being one of the localities through which passed the ancient ‘Silk Road’ trade route, was one of the first places in China to be affected by the eastward spread of Buddhism from India, during the Tang Dynasty.  Composed 2013


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Bus Ticket Variations

By Tony Wheeler

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Piano solo, c.5'00.  Grade 8 - Certificate of Performance

The theme for this set of variations was composed using a series of numbers on bus tickets.  The tickets were all purchased and used on a daily basis during a period of one week and were of a single trip variety, with the exception of one which was a day ticket with multiple rides.  To derive pitches from numbers, reference was made to a simple system of musical notations used in China, called jian-pu.
Composed 2010

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Cloud Hands

By Tony Wheeler

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Duet for Guqin and Zhong Ruan, c.8'35

Cloud hands, or yun shou, is a form of movement in taiji quan (t’ai ch’i chuan) and some other Chinese martial arts, which is used in combat to deflect an opponent’s attacking punch or strike. Its main characteristic is that although appearing to be a very soft and fluid movement, in essence it possesses a high degree of internal strength which is transmitted to the opponent. Various aspects of yun shou are expressed in this piece.
 
Composed 2014.

Audio sample - Guqin and Zhongruan by Tony Wheeler

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Fantasia on a Mongolian Folk Tune

By Tony Wheeler

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Violin and piano, c.5'40.  7th grade

This piece is written in the spirit of variations, but does not adhere strictly to that form. The main theme is a Mongolian folk song, Gada Meiren. Gada Meiren led a revolt around the 1930’s, protesting against the sale of Mongolian land. The uprising was unsuccessful, but nevertheless Gada Meiren is regarded as the national hero of Inner Mongolia. Composed 2017.

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Fugue

By Tony Wheeler

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Bb Clarinet and piano, c.3'15. Grade6/7

Most of the well known solo repertoire for clarinet dates from the 18th century or later and examples of Baroque writing for the instrument are few.  This piece is written in conscious imitation of the Baroque style paying particular homage to the work and creative spirit of J S Bach.  It follows a formal schema of exposition, development and recapitulation, and its tessiture exploits the full range of the clarinet.
Composed 2010


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Introduction to the Upper Register for Clarinet, An

By Tony Wheeler

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A book designed specifically to introduce the notes of the clarion register in a way which makes them easy to assimilate. Each note is dealt with easily and thoroughly, with tuneful studies, before moving on to the next note. Also included are exercises for the student to practice reading in the upper register, and some simple, familiar tunes.

This book is intended as a supplement to any of the available tutor books, many of which deal with the clarion register notes rather too abruptly, and with insufficient time for the development of familiarity.
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Kandy Sonatina

By Tony Wheeler

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Bb Clarinet and piano, c.5'5.  Grade 8


This piece is partly inspired by the colours and vibrancy of the city of Kandy in central Sri Lanka. This picturesque city is situated in a hilly district, and is a place of stark contrasts.

The music itself draws influences from Bebop, Blues and the Baroque
Composed 2013


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Kangding Love Song

By Tony Wheeler

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Jazz Fantasia
Soprano and piano, c.5'00.

This piece is based on a traditional Chinese folk song, Kangding Qing Ge – 康定情歌from the province of Sichuan. Here it has been transformed into a languid and moodyjazz piece, with a good deal of blues influence in the piano writing.
Composed 2019.

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Mission of Juan Bautista de Morales, The

By Tony Wheeler

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For flute, zhongruan -中阮, percussion and strings

Juan Bautista de Morales (1597-1664) was a Spanish missionary who entered the Dominican order in 1614.  In 1620 he went to Manilla where he learned the Amoy dialect in order to minister to the Chinese community in the Philippines.  After two unsuccessful attempts to work in Cambodia, he went to China’s Fujian Province, where a Dominican mission had been established in 1631. 
Morales spent most of his time in China in the province of Fujian, parts of this piece employ some melodic phrases from an ancient genre of traditional Chinese music originating from this region, known as Nanyin 南音 (southern sound).  The phrases are played by the soloists, and by the strings.
 
Commissioned by Karen Carey on behalf of Santa Sabina College for the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order.
Composed 2016. 

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ISMN 9790900979766

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Nine-Elemental Songs

By Various Composers

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A collaboration of fascinating works by Michael Atherton, Jim Franklin and Tony Wheeler - three multi-instrumentalists each with an instrumentarium covering Asian and Western instruments. 
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1.  Behold the Yak (Atherton, Franklin, Wheeler
2.  Desert Threads (Jim Franklin)
3.  Stone Sutra Temple (Tony Wheeler)
4.  Fresco (Michael Atherton)
5.  3-Free-4 (Atherton, Franklin, Wheeler)
6.  Silkworms (Atherton, Franklin, Wheeler)
7.  Mahabodh (Stufen) (Jim Franklin)
8.  Mei hua san nong -Three variations on the Plum Blossom - traditional
9.  Qi (Atherton, Franklin, Wheeler)
10. 5-6-7 (Atherton, Franklin, Wheeler)