Chamber

Tango

Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Version for viola, clarinet and piano
5 mins. (pub. Corda)

First Performance: Purcell Room, London 1985

Animal Dances

Piano Duet
15 mins. (pub. Music Shop Europe)

First Performance: Adam Gorb and Miles Knapman,
St. Mary’s Church, Braughing, Herts, 1989

Clarinet Sonata

Clarinet and Piano
25 mins. (pub. Music Shop Europe)

First Performance: Andre Kerver and Andrew Wise,
Enschede, Holland, December 1991

CD Recording – Paul Vowles and Gemma Beeson: Prima Facie pending

“…coherant musical language with brash motor-rhythms, unashamed flirting with music-hall elements, but also lyrical expression and imaginative use of the instruments…a marvellous addition to the clarinet and piano literature” Tubantia Holland, November 1991

The Dying of the Light

Bassoon and Piano
10 mins. (pub. Music Shop Europe)

First Performance: Clara Kingslake and Helen Vickery,
British Music Information Centre
8th July 1992

Valse/Nocturne

Viola and Piano
6 mins. (pub. Music Shop Europe)

First Performance: Martin Outram and Michael Freyhan,
British Music Information Centre
7th December 1993

Liebeslied

Violin and Harp
Commissioned by Skaila Kanga
10 mins. (pub. Music Shop Europe)

First Performance: Kenneth Sillito and Skaila Kanga, Whitstable Music Club
17th June 1995

Sonata for Violin and Piano

Commissioned by Thomas Bowes and Eleanor Alberga
20 mins. (pub. Edition Peters)

First Performance: Thomas Bowes and Eleanor Alberga,
Spitalfields Festival, London
17th June 1996

CD Recording: Prima Facie PFCD008 Midori Sugiyama and Ben Powell

“A communicative, tonal work direct in form, Gorb’s Sonata doesn’t waste a note. An unstated drama impels it forwards, couched in piquantly scored terms, including microtones, its Shostakovichian breadth seems natural and earned.”
Timothy Managan, Los Angeles Times 1997

“A tour-de force, ambitious in form, though never heavy handed…most memorable…”
Nicholas Williams, The Independent June 1996

“A powerful, fluently composed work.”
Rick Jones, Evening Standard June 1996

Reconciliation

Clarinet and Piano
Commissioned by Park Lane
Young Artists Series
12 mins. (pub. Edition Peters)

First Performance: Elaine Cocks and Rebecca Woolcock,Purcell Room, London
5th January 1998

CD Recording: Prima Facie PFCD008 Paul Vowles and Jonathan Fisher

“A glittering bell-like ostinato of rising, open fifths and a real test of flexibility and fluency.”
Michael White, The Independent January 1998

“Adam Gorb’s Reconciliation launches a sparkier, more combative dialogue for clarinet and piano but finally achieves a tranquil, mellifluous resolution in which the warring elements are pacified. To the great credit of Scott and Dussek, however, their clashing dissonances never sounded rebarbative: on the contrary, tonal beauty was a feature of the strife as much as of the peace.”
Barry Millington, London Evening Standard 2008

Four Temperaments for Two Guitars

Commissioned by Mark Eden and Christopher Stell
12 mins. (Music available from the composer.)

First Performance: Mark Eden and Christopher Stell, Wigmore Hall, London
28th November 1999

Bittersweet

2 Violins, Cello and Piano
Commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble
3 mins. (pub. Edition Peters)

First Performance: Wigmore Hall, London
23rd March 2001

CD recording NMC D080

Life Sentence

Double Bass and Piano
Commissioned by the Ida Carroll Trust
5 mins. (pub. Recital)

First Performance: Jenny Knight and Mark Cracknell
Wells Cathedral School
7th October 2001

String Quartet No. 1

Commissioned by Bromsgrove Music Club
30 mins. (pub. Edition Peters)

First Performance: Maggini Quartet, Bromsgrove Music Club
27th February 2002

“…a finely conceived and impressively mature composition.”
David Hart, Birmingham Post

Straitjacket

Tuba and Piano
Commissioned by James Gourlay
10 mins. (pub. Edition Bim)

First Performance: James Gourlay and John Wilson, Leeds University
7th June 2002

CD Recording: Prima Facie PFCD008 Leslie Neish and Simon Parkin

Tubaccata

2 Euphoniums and 2 Tubas
3 mins. (Music available from the composer.)

First Performance: Tubalate, Royal Northern College of Music
14th November 2003

Yiddish Dances

Arrangement for Piano Duet
Commissioned by Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow.
16 mins. (pub. Maecenas)

First Performance: Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow,
St. Mary’s Church Beverley
17th September 2004

CD Recording – Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow, Divine Art 25032 (2005)

Freedom

Oboe and Harp
9 mins. (pub. Edition Peters)

Written for Melinda Maxwell
CD Recording – Melinda Maxwell and Hugh Webb CDLX 7180 (2005)

clEarinG

Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
2 mins. 30 secs. (Music available from the composer.)

First Performance: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
22nd June 2008

String Quartet No. 2

Commissioned by her family to celebrate the 85th birthday of Thilde Frankel on December 13th 2008
11 mins. (pub. Edition Peters)

Private Performance at Thilde Frankel’s house – 6th December 2009

First Public Performance: Royal Northern College of Music Manchester – Apponyi Quartet
January 8th 2010

“Adam Gorb’s String Quartet no. 2 could hardly have offered a greater contrast. Premiered by the Apponyi Quartet, it fell into four clearly delimited sections within its 11-minute total, changing speed and character each time. More than once it seemed to search after the wistful, viola-solo meditative quality that is to some the essence of Englishness. Tantalisingly, it deserted those moments of sunlit beauty almost as soon as it discovered them.” Robert Beale, January 2010

Sisohpromatem

Violin, Cello, Electric Guitar, Piano, 1 Percussion

6 mins. (pub. Awayday)

First Performance: Royal Northern College of Music – Vulgar Display Ensemble
December 6th 2012

Sonatina for Eight Hands (2013)

Percussion Quartet (unturned instruments)

4 mins. 30 secs. (pub. Awayday)

First Performance: Royal Northern College of Music- RNCM Percussion Ensemble
May 2nd 2013

A New Life For Anya (2012)

Three Flutes

6 mins. 15 secs. (pub. Awayday)

First Performance: The Forge, Camden, London – Tempest Trio
April 11th 2012

CD Recording: Tempest Trio pending

Yiddish Dances (1997-8)


Arranged for Guitar Quartet by Mark Eden (2013)

16 mins. (pub. Maecenas)

First Performance: Purcell Room – Vida Guitar Quartet
April 22nd 2013

CD Recording: Vida Guitar Quartet BGS 121

Invocation

One percussionist (vibraphone, crotales and tam tam) and piano.
9 mins. (Materials available from the composer)

First Performance: Rosengart Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland
Le Yu, Percussion and Ben Powell, Piano
October 19th 2014

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