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thu 4 jul 2013 16:00 

In Memoriam: Steve Martland. In May, the British composer Steve Martland (1959-2013) passed away at the age of 53. This former student of Louis Andriessen grew in a few decennia into a unique voice within the English music landscape. In this episode of Theme, some of his earlier classics.

A passionate iconoclast and clever, musical bridge-builder. Muscle minimalism with a golden heart and an unadulterated punk attitude.
At the beginning of May, the British composer Steve Martland (1959-2013) passed away at the age of 53. This former student of Louis Andriessen grew in a few decennia into a unique voice within the English music landscape. A stuffy, academic narrow-mindedness was alien to him. Martland got inspiration from everything and he wanted to emotionally drag along the listener with his physical music.

 

In this episode of Theme, some of his earlier classics, like the illustrious symphonic work ‘Babi Yar’ (1983) and music he composed for his own Steve Martland Band.

 

Music by Steve Martland:
1. ‘Principia’ (1989) on ‘Steve Martland: Horses of Instruction’
Steve Martland Band.
Black Box BBM1033 CD
2. ‘Horses of Instruction’ (1994) on ‘Steve Martland: Horses of Instruction’
Steve Martland Band.
Black Box BBM1033 CD
3-5. ‘Glad Day’ (1988) on ‘Steve Martland: Glad Day’
Steve Martland Band with Sarah Jane Morris, vocals.
Factory FACD 306 CD-EP
6-11. ‘Drill’ (1987) on ‘Steve Martland’
Gerard Bouwhuis & Cees van Zeeland, piano duo.
Factory FACD 266
12-15. ‘Danceworks’ (1993) on ‘Steve Martland: Patrol’
Steve Martland Band.
BMG/Catalyst 09026 62670 2 CD
16-20. ‘Babi Yar’ (1983) on ‘Steve Martland’
Residentie Orkest led by Elgar Howarth.
Factory FACD