Wednesday, 5 August 2020

List of musical works by Agustín Fernández

As of February 2018, some of the works below are available for digital distribution from Filarmonika of Fort Worth, Texas.

Some of the published orchestral works are handled by Tritó of Barcelona. One, Una música escondida (Hidden Music) is published on paper by Filarmonika. The guitar pieces are handled by Tre Media of Karlsruhe. One vocal composition is published by Mundo Art.

For any of the unpublished works or for further enquiries you can send an email.

The dates and performance details shown are those of the first performance and, in some cases, those of other particularly significant performances.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Orchestral, orchestral-choral

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Misa de Corpus Christi (1978, reconstructed 2010) Timp. Per(3 players), Pf, childrens choir,  mixed choir, Baritone, Strings 40 min 20 June 1978 Niños Cantores del Valle, Sociedad Coral Boliviana, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional cond Agustín Fernández; Teatro Municipal, La Paz. 12 September 1978 DEBP choir, Sociedad Coral Boliviana and Tucumán University Orchestra cond Mario Perusso (September Festival, Tucumán) Argentina. Reconstructed version first perf. 28 October 2010 at Centro de Convenciones El Campo, Cochabamba, by Orquesta Juvenil del Instituto Laredo, Coro Juvenil del Instituto Laredo, Niños Cantores del Valle and José Coca, conducted by Agustín Fernández.

Danza de la loma (1986) Perc (2) Hp Pno 10 min 8 May 1988 Anemone, cond David Blake; Sir Jack Lyons Hall, York. Rec. BBC Symphony cond. Howard Williams for broadcast in Music in Our Time on 20 July 1989. Also 30 April 1993 Ulster Orchestra cond Diego Masson, broadcast Radio Ulster(2) and Radio Telefis Eirean, Ireland. Ensemble de Vientos de la Orquesta de Cadaqués, cond. Jaime Martín, Auditorio de Zaragoza, 8 March 2009.

Published by Tritó

Fuego (1987) 2(II=pic).1.CA.2(II=BassCl).2 Perc (2) Hp Strings 10 min
Commissioned Orchestra of Liverpool Cathedral. 23 May 1987 Liverpool Cathedral Orchestra cond James Wishart, Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool. 26 January 1996 Juilliard Symphony Orchestra cond David Loebl, Lincoln Center (New York). 5 December 2003 Orchestra Sinfonica di Perugia cond Edgar Alandia.

Published by Tritó

La yapa (1999) string orchestra 6 min Commissioned Soloists Ensemble. 9 October 1999 Soloists Ensemble cond Robert Turrell, Southwark Festival, London.

Approaching Melmoth (2000) baritone, SATB choir, 2(II=pic).2(II=CA).2(II=BC).2 Timp Strings 30 min Commissioned Northern Sinfonia. 25 March 2000 Thomas Allen, Northern Sinfonia Chorus, Northern Sinfonia cond Nicholas Cleobury; Newcastle City Hall.

Una música escondida (Hidden Music) (2003) String orchestra, piano 15 min 26 May 2004 Northern Sinfonia cond Peter Wiegold, All Saints Church, Newcastle.

Published by
Released  by Harmonia Mundi in South American Discoveries, HMU 907670

Mystical Dances (2006) 2(II=pic).2(II=CA).2(II=BC).2 - Timp Perc x 1 Pf Strings 18 min Commissioned Northern Sinfonia. First performance 19 November 2006 by Northern Sinfonia conducted by Thomas Zehetmair at Huddesrfield Festival.

Published by Tritó

Arreglos bolivianos (2014) string orchestra 12 min. 6 August 2014 Orquesta Juvenil de Bolivia Clásica, conducted by Jaime Laredo. Consists of Collita, Viva Cochabamba and Viva mi patria Bolivia. Set also includes two chamber arrangements, adding a further five minutes' duration.

Collier's Rant (2015) string orchestra 7 min. 19 April 2015 National Youth Orchestra of Scotland conducted by Chris George, The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Audio

Notes from Underground (orchestral version 2018) 18 min
for baritone, mixed choir and orchestra (Pic.2Fl.2Ob.CA.2Cl.BCl.2Bn.Cbn / Timp Perc (2 players) Pf Strings
HB 11 (2019) Pic.2Fl.2Ob.CI.2Cl.Bcl.2Bn.Cbn / / Timp / Strings 1.5 min
HB12 (2020) Pic.2Fl.2Ob.CI.2Cl.Bcl.2Bn.Cbn / / Timp.Perc / Strings 1.5 min. Audio
 HB 13 (2021) for Pic.2Fl.2Ob.CI.2Cl.Bcl.2Bn.Cbn / / Timp / Strings 1.5 min Audio
A Northumbrian Anthem (orchestral version 2021) 6 min. Pic.2Fl.2Ob.CA.2Cl.BCl.2Bn.Cbn / /  Timp. Tam-tam / Strings .
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Monday, 3 August 2020

Chamber, instrumental

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Meditación No 1 (1985) Fl. Ob. Cl. Sax Eb. Perc(3) Pno Harpsichord 10 min 2 May 1985 Opus; Eleanor Rathbone Theatre, Liverpool.

Pájaro negro (1986) Fl 2Cl(I=BCl) Pno Sop Strings( Poem by Agustín Fernández 14 min 20 November 1986 City Lights; New Hall, City University, London.

Botanic Spider (1991) Piano and string quartet 18 Min P 12 October 1991 Sequenza and Ulster Youth Dance, with choreography by Royston Maldoom; Harty Room, Belfast. Nuove Forme Sonore, Teatro Politecnico, Rome 1993. Rev. version 26 May 2004 members of Northern Sinfonia, Newcastle. Recording in preparation by Mr McFall's Chamber.

The Falcon’s Kiss (1994) Soprano Saxophone and Piano 8 min Commissioned Gerard McChrystal 7 November 1996 Gerard McChrystal & Kathryn Page, Welsh College of Music, Cardiff.

Munirando (1994) Clarinet and piano 10 Min Commissioned by Park Lane Group. 12 January 1995 Paperhaus Duo, Purcell Room. Trio Aperto, International New Music Week, Bucharest, 23 May 1999. Nuove Forme Sonore, Goethe Institut Rome 2001.

Peregrine (1996) 1(pic).1.1(bcl).1(cbn) Perc Harp Piano 12 min New Juilliard Ensemble cond Joel Sachs; Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York. Music in a Summer Garden, New Juilliard Ensemble, Bryton Park, New York 2001. 2005 version perf by same ensemble 22 November 2005 at Alice Tully Hall.

Published by Tritó

Munirando II (2009) Violin and piano 14 min Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea, Schott Recital Room, London 4 February 2009

Trío (2003) Violin, cello, piano 14 min Commissioned by Fundación Arnold Schwimmer, 19 September 2003 Trío Apolo, Teatro Achá, Cochabamba

A to Z (2006) Ten-string guitar (charango), Flutes 20 min Stefan Östersjö and Terje Thiwång, Nutida Musikdagar, Malmö Rådhus, Malmö 29 October 2000. Extended version (2002) performed by same at King’s Hall, Newcastle, 25 April 2002. Complete version performed 5 December 2006 at Nybrokajen, Stockholm.

Fantasia on a Theme by Kathryn Tickell (2007) Northumbrian pipes, flute/piccolo, Oboe/cor anglais, Bass clarinet, Horns x 2, Double bass 7 min Mr McFall’s Chamber, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 20 February 2007.

String Quartet No. 1 'Montes' (2007) 18 min Momenta Quartet, Rock Hall Auditorium, Temple University, Philadelphia, 28 November 2007.

Souvenir de Teoponte (2011) double bass and piano 11 min James Rapport (double bass) and Eduard Lanner (piano), Festsaal, Diplomatische Akademie, Vienna, 7 December 2012.

String Quartet No. 2 'Sin Tiempo' (2013) 22 min A Koussevitzky Commision. Momenta Quartet, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 13 November 2013.

Fernández combines translucent harmonics, delicate spiraling motifs, and angular syncopations with a tinge of ambiguity and uncertainty.
Musical America, 9 October 2017 

"...this city needs an Agustin Fernandez festival." ( 

After the Gathering (2015) 6 min Northumbrian pipes, accordion, lever harp, cello. 7 May 2016 Kathryn Tickell and The Side, Alwinton Church Summer Concerts.

Río Bravo (2016) 10 min large chamber ensemble (1(pic).1.1.1(cbn) 1.1(pic).1.1 Hp Pf Perc 21 April 2016 by New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.

Aqua Tinae (2016) 4 min cello and lever harp. Rec. Kathryn Tickell and Friends: Water of Tyne (Magnetic Northeast, 2016). Apple Music

...and, best of all, Agustín Fernández's singularly beautiful cello-and-harp duet Aqua Tinae  that paraphrases and develops elements of the actual Water of Tyne melody." (

James's Fire (2016) 3 min flute, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello. Pixel Ensemble, 18 November 2016 Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

Souvenir de Teoponte (version for cello and piano, 2017) 11 min.

LoA (2018) 10 min for 9 instruments: Head Space instrument, Oboe/cor anglais, Soprano/alto saxophone, lever harp, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass 10 min. Commissioned by North Music Trust for the 60th anniversary of Royal Northern Sinfonia. Première scheduled 22 September 2018 at 4pm in Sage Two, Sage Gateshead, United Kingdom, by players from RNS and guests.

LoA (2018) version for 10 instruments: oboe/cor anglais, Soprano/alto saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet (Bb/Eb/Pic Bb), Lever harp, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass 10 min.  Audio

Pájaro negro (2020) 14 min version for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, piano.

A Northumbrian Anthem, (2020) version for brass band (6 min)  Audio

A Northumbrian Anthem  (revised 2020) for organ  (6 min) Audio
Kantu Kantukantu (2021) for solo double bass (6 min). James Rapport, double bass, 19 October 2021 Gesellschaft für Musiktheater, Vienna, 

Más Kantu (2022) for bassoon and piano (6 min) .
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Sunday, 2 August 2020

Music-theatre and opera

Crossroads Talk (1984) Cl(Bass Cl). Alto Sax(Baritone Sax) Piano(Synth) Percussion (Narrator) Violin(Viola) 6 min 7 December 1984 Gemini; Eleanor Rathbone Theatre, Liverpool.

Teoponte (1988) Soprano, Mezzosoprano, two Tenors, Baritone, Bass, pre-recorded sounds 35 min Text in English by Agustín Fernández. Commissioned by Innererklang Music-Theatre. 23 May 1988 IMT Bloomsbury Theatre, London International Opera Festival.

Botanic Journey (1991) Mezzosoprano and piano. Text in English by Robyn Archer. 10 min 4 February 1991 Garden Venture; ICA, London.

A Queen Has her Portrait Painted (1991) Two sopranos, piano. Text in English by Edward Kemp 5 min 4 February 1991 Garden Ventrure; ICA, London.

The Wheel (1993) Soprano, Countertenor, Tenor, Baritone, Perc Accordion Pno Guitar(Mandolin) Vla DBass Words in English by F Hayes-McCoy 30 min Commissioned Garden Venture at the Royal Opera House. 29 May 1993 Garden Venture cond Chris Willis; Riverside Studios, London.

Books and Night (1995) Four sopranos, Baritone, Chorus (SSAA) Trumpets x 2, Trombone, Timpani. Words in English by Agustín Fernández, Felicity Hayes-McCoy and John Keats. 15 min Commissioned Opera Trail. 26 August 1995 Garden Venture cond Michael Finnissy, Bury St Edmunds Library.

Prison Letters (2013) soprano, baritone, chamber choir (SATB), chamber ensemble (clarinet/Eb clarinet/basset clarinet, violin, viola, cello). Words in English by Agustín Fernández. 15 min. 23 August 2013 Bonnie Shaw (soprano), Rob O'Connell (baritone), Voices of Hope (choir), Dov Goldberg (clarinets), Jenny Chang (violin), James Slater (viola), Daniel Hammersley (cello), conducted by Agustín Fernández; Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Vocal, vocal-instrumental, choral

Tres canciones sobre poemas de Rachel (1976, rev. 2018) Mixed choir S.A.T.B 8 min Text in Spanish by Rachel, translated from Hebrew by anonymous translator, 8 May 1984 Coral Nova cond Ramiro Soriano; Teatro Municipal, La Paz. Rec Música Coral Contemporánea de Bolivia I PROAUDIO SRL, PAR-007C Coral Nova – Ramiro Soriano Arce, La Paz 1991. Audio

El Anillo (1976) mezzosoprano and piano Text in Spanish by Federico García Lorca 7 min September 1977 María Eugenia Muñoz de Soux and Adela Lea Plaza, Goethe Institut, La Paz.

Published by Tritó

Cantata de Navidad y Epifanía (1978) Childrens choir (SSAA) Baritone Narrator 2 Pianos 45 min Text in Spanish by Agustín Fernández. 5 January 1978 Niños Cantores del Valle, E Gutiérrez, M Ayra, R Sanjinés, E Aliss, cond Agustín Fernández; Casa de la Cultura, Cochabamba. December 2002 Coro de la Filarmónica de Gran Canaria cond Marcela Garrón Velarde; various venues in Gran Canaria.

Himno del Instituto Laredo (1978) Mixed choir (SATB), childrens choir (SSA), optional orchestra 4 min Text in Spanish by Agustín Fernández. June 1978 by choirs at Instituto Laredo cond Agustín Fernández; Instituto Laredo, Cochabamba. Adopted as Instituto Laredo's official anthem and performed regularly at public and ceremonial occasions.

El Afilador (1981) Childrens choir S.S.A.A. also S.A.T.B. Text in Spanish by Agustín Fernández 4 min
Numerous performances by choirs in Bolivia and Venezuela. Rec on Música Coral Contemporánea de Bolivia I PROAUDIO SRL, PAR-007C Coral Nova – Ramiro Soriano Arce, La Paz 1991.

Botanic Journey (1991) mezzosoprano and piano Text in English by Robyn Archer. 10 min 4 February 1991 Garden Venture; ICA, London.

The Song of the Morrow (1992) soprano, tenor and piano Text in English by Agustín Fernández after RL Stevenson. 12 min Commissioned Belfast Music Society 20 March 1992 Mary King, Adrian Thompson, Iain Burnside; Elmwood Hall, Belfast.

Red Songs (1996) soprano and piano 8 min Text in English by Catherine Lenaghan and Rowena Pollard. August 2004 Alexandra Wayar, Carlos Rodríguez, Palacio de Comunicaciones, La Paz

Alquimia (2006) soprano and piano 12 min Text in Spanish by Agustín Fernández 21 June 2006 by Patricia Caicedo and Pau Casan at Orfeó Gracienç, Barcelona, as part of the Barcelona Festival of Song.

Collier’s Rant (2013) for four choirs SSA, SAMen, SATB, SATB 6.5 min
Creative arrangement of The Collier’s Rant, song of the Northeast of England. Commissioned by The Sage Gateshead. 22 June 2013, Femme Chorale, Tynedale Community Choir, Voices of Hope, Chamber Choir, conducted by Alan Fearon. Create Choral, Festival of the Northeast, at Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Notes from Underground (2015) 25 min Baritone, choir, large chamber ensemble 1(pic).1(ca),1(bass).1(Cbn) / / Pf / Perc / 15 October 2015 Benjamin Appl, Voices of Hope, Royal Northern Sinfonia cond Clark Rundell, Gala Theatre, Durham. Further performances by Cappella Transylvanica and Christian Hodrea at Transylvania Philharmonic Hall, Cluj (2016) and by Royal Northern Sinfonia and Voices of Hope and Marcus Farnsworth at Sage Gateshead (2017). Audio

A Don Franklin (2018) for mixed choir SATB 5 min. Awaiting première. Audio
Himno al Instituto Laredo (2021) vocal score (version for two choirs and piano). Audio

Friday, 31 July 2020


Nana del insomne (Eng. The Insomniac’s Lullaby) 1992 6 min Commissioned by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 25 February 1993 Nicola Hall, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, then Armagh and Belfast.
Published by Tre Media, Karlsruhe

¡Oh guitarra! 2006 8 min 11 November 2007 by Christoph Jäggin at Theater am Gleis, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Published by Tre Media, Karlsruhe

Thursday, 30 July 2020


Cinco piezas de plata 1985 12 min 12 October 1991 Francis King, Harty Room, Belfast.

Published by Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin 1993

Distant Episodes 2009 for two pianos 12 min.