what’s going on

This site lists everything published by the Fox Edition, offers thoughts on work-in-progress, and has news of forthcoming performances. It is updated regularly but the topical content is not archived. There are recordings, including the late Bob Gilmore’s documentary on my music, from his Tentative Affinities project, and links to other material, such as this YouTube clip of Ensemble Offspring’s premiere of Iron Rain and Irene Kurka’s interview with me for her neue musik leben podcast.

Headlong, Heather Roche‘s CD of my clarinet works from 1980 to 2015 –  a sort of single-reed biography – was released last year and featured in The Wire’s end-of-2018 Top Ten. I have a box or two of CDs; email to info@fox.edition.co.uk if you would like one at a bargain price. BBC Music Magazine recommends it:

BBC Music Magazine review

In 2016 Routledge published Perspectives on the Music of Christopher Fox – Straight Lines in Broken Timesedited by Rose Dodd, with chapters by Monty Adkins, Nikki McGavin, Stephen Chase, Bob Gilmore, Roger Heaton, Bjorn Heile, Claudia Molitor, Philip Thomas, and Rose herself. Arnold Whittall’s review of the book in the Summer 2017 issue of Musical Times concluded that ‘Fox’s bold estrangement of the most basic elements of classical connectedness brings experimental cool into productive interchange with that modernist turbulence, and helps to highlight his skill at crossing borders considered insurmountable by more mainstream modernists.’ It’s now also available in paperback: email me at info@foxedition.co.uk to get a copy.

The book doesn’t cover my more recent music, of which the Topophony works are the most substantial. Ilan Volkov has conducted the orchestral Topophony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, and the Athens State Orchestra, with soloists Rhodri Davies (Glasgow – a clip from the BBC SSO performance is still on the orchestra’s web-pages), Axel Dörner and Paul Lovens (Cologne), and Fred Frith (Athens). Ilan has also conducted the chamber orchestral Topophony with Yoni Silver, Ram Gabay and the Israel Contemporary Players, and with Ensemble Modern, Rhodri and Thomas Lehn. A CD with recordings by Ilan and the WDR Orchestra – of the orchestral music alone, the Dörner- Lovens concert performance, and a studio version with John Butcher and Thomas Lehn – is available from HatHut.

Topophony CD coverChristopher Fox, 19 September 2019

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