Stephen Davismoon

(b. 1964, London).

British composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Prof. Davismoon studied guitar with Antonio Albanes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 1985–87 and composition with Eric Graebner at the University of Southampton from 1987–90, where he earned his BA. He then studied composition with Peter Nelson and Nigel Osborne at the University of Edinburgh from 1991–96 and there earned his PhD.

Among his honours are three scholarships to work at the Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg im Breisgau (1996–97, 2000) and First Prize and the Ricordi Publishing Prize at the Kompositionsseminar in Boswil (1997, for ...against the grain). His work It Was Spring was selected for performance at the International Youth Music Forum in Kiev (1998), he has received two scholarships to work at CCMIX in Paris (1999, 2001) and he was shortlisted for the Creative Scotland Awards (2001, for Towards the Water's Edge). His music has been performed throughout Europe and in Uruguay.

He is also active in other positions. He has edited the volumes Luigi Nono The Suspended Song and Luigi Nono Fragments and Silence (both 1998), as well as Edgard Varèse Offerings and Edgard Varèse New Worlds (both 2004, all Contemporary Music Review), to all of which he contributed articles. He later edited Luciano Berio (2009, Contemporary Music Review). He has served as a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Music Review since 1998 and of The Drouth since 2003, to which he has been an occasional contributor since 2003. He founded the Research Ensemble and the Sonic Fusion Festival in Edinburgh in 2006 and has served as the artistic director of each since 2006.

He taught analysis, composition and the history of contemporary music as Reader in Music at the Ian Tomlin School of Music of Edinburgh Napier University from 2000–10 and also served as its chair from 2007–10. He has taught as a professor at the University of Salford since 2010, where he has also served as Director of Music of the School of Media, Music and Performance since 2010.


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Electric Dreams (chamber realisation of part of Die Zauberflöte, K 621 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, produced by Wally Sutcliffe), soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, French horn, cello, piano, 2007


It Was Spring, 13 strings, 1993

waiting...and the moon?...turns, small orchestra (14 players), 1995

...outside dreaming, large orchestra (65 players), 1994–96

Concerto, tuba, small orchestra (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, trumpet, harp, piano, celesta, 4 percussion), 2001


...against the grain, percussion, live electronics, 1996

Thaw, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1997

...staring through empty fields of time, trumpet, live electronics, 1998

(this has already) Passed/Passing, bass flute, 1999

beneath garlands, cello, piano, 2002

mistbranches against a white sky, piccolo, 2004

eleventeenth dream, 4 bass clarinets, 2005

Tower of Infinity, flute, live electronics, 2006

In Flight, violin, 2006

Beyond Your Valley, guitar, 2006–07

Mercy Litanies, bass clarinet, 2008

Empty Sky, percussion ensemble, 2008

Solar, 2 marimbas, live electronics, 2009

Incantation: I breathe my eternal rock, 2 bass flutes, cello, 2009

Glory Streams, piano, string quartet, 2009


Gift (text by Ian Balch), mixed chorus, tubular bells, 2000

...a common treasury ... fragmented (text by Gerrard Winstanley), 6 mixed voices, fixed media (8 tracks), 2002


Last Waltz in Santiago (song-cycle, text by Ariel Dorfman), soprano, electric guitar, violin, live electronics, 1997

Patricia's Songs (song-cycle, text by Johnny Rodger), mezzo-soprano, flute (+ bass flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), French horn, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2005–06

Love Eurydice (scenes from a music-theatre work, text by Johnny Rodger), 4 voices, orchestra, 2006


Ramunėlės FragmentaiDaisy Fragments, 2007


Basta!, fixed media (2 tracks), 1992

Towards the Water's Edge (sound installation), fixed media (16 tracks), 2005

Do this in memory of me (sound installation), fixed media, 2008–09


Beasts in the Field (text by Johnny Rodger), 2007–09 (two sections may be performed separately: Beaver and Wolf, soprano, actor, clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, live electronics, animation [by Iain Gardner], 2007–08; In Search of Peace, soprano, flute, clarinet, French horn, piano, percussion, animation [by Iain Gardner], 2008)


...octave, upon octave, ...upon, 2004


(this has already) Passed/Passing. Roberto Fabbriciani, bass flute (Atopos: ATP 003/4, 2005)