Christopher James

 

Christopher James

 

Christopher James (1952-2008) was born in Harare, Zimbabwe 1952. His father ran several farms in former Southern Rhodesia. Although he studied the clarinet and piano from a young age, on leaving school he entered a career in chartered accountancy. This career was short-lived and on turning twenty-one he embarked on a musical career. He immigrated to South Africa in 1974 to study music at the University of Pretoria where he studied composition with Stefans Grové and organ with Stephanus Zondagh. During these years he won a number of prizes and scholarships and in 1978 he obtained a teaching position in the Department of Musicology at the University of South Africa. After completing his Masters degree he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for doctoral studies in the United States of America. During the years 1983 to 1985 he furthered his studies at the University of Cincinnati where he studied composition, musicology and music theory with leading American teachers. During this period, much of his work was performed and some of it was broadcast on American public radio. Since his return to South Africa in 1985, he displayed a growing interest in African music. His doctoral dissertation, Images from Africa, was a choral symphony which made use of African poets. The music combined African melodic and rhythmic features with the contemporary European musical tradition. It was completed in 1987 and in 1989 Christopher James was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts. James was the recipient of the Forte composition prize as well as the Roodepoort International Eisteddfod composition prize. In 1993-1994 he orchestrated the original version of Ushaka, and in recent years wrote two piano concertos and a symphonic poem, Paradise Regained. His most recent work is a four movement cello concerto.

Recent Submissions

  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript. Contains letter from Christopher James to Pamela van Schaik. "C.L. James collaborated with Pamela van Schaik on a number of works. [...]. Other works that he collaborated with her was 'Cosmic Horizons' and ...
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Sketches. 1. Event -- 2. Apprehensions -- 3. Child -- 4. By candlelight.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Score. Dedicated to Augustina. 1. Event -- 2. Apprehensions -- 3. Child -- 4. By candlelight.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Revision of last 30 bars of Gymnastics.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Notes containing corrections. 'Gymnastics revisions'.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Score. Revised.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    First movement (Allegro molto). Revised, with conductor's notes. 'Dedicated to Stefans Grové'.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    For solo violin (and/or, solo viola). 'Dedicated to Professor Walter Mony'. Includes violin and viola parts.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript. Includes programme notes and texts of poems. Words like freedom / Langston Hughes -- Full moon / Robert Hayden -- Where? When? Which? / Langston Hughes -- From the dark tower / Countee Cullen -- The paganisms ...
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript. 1. Largo Calmato - molto doloroso e sospirando -- 2. Molto giocoso e vivacissimo -- 3. Molto apassionato -- 4. Allegro furioso - appasionato - scherzando - calmato. 'Dedicated to J.C. Coetzee'.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Sketches. 1. Largo Calmato - molto doloroso e sospirando -- 2. Molto giocoso e vivacissimo -- 3. Molto apassionato -- 4. Allegro furioso - appasionato - scherzando - calmato. 'Dedicated to J.C. Coetzee'.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript copy. 'Double Ten-pan [tin pan], Sep-sax, as sax, Piano, Electric organ, Guitar, Base guitar [bass guitar], Percussion: three congas, four bongos, one cloves, maracas, gong, susp, cymb, tamb.'
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Copy of original manuscript. 1. Apology for nausea -- 2. Requiescat in pace -- 3. Rumba toccata. Dedicated to Stephen Allen.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript. Last page copied.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript book. Contents: The lake isle of Innisfree -- Heilige Nag, vir vierstemmige koor -- Intermezzo, for pianoforte -- Amoeba, for pianoforte -- I bagatelle for harp (Andante e dolcissimo, dedicated to Kobie Odendaal) ...
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript copy of score. Contains supplementary text. 1 Corinthians Ch 13 vs 1-8. J.B. Phillips translation. "Christian love - the highest and best gift."
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript score for SAMRO. Contents: Intermezzo -- Amoeba -- For Carolie.
  • James, Christopher Langford, 1952-2008
    Manuscript book. Contents: For Carolie [piano] -- Molecular synthesis for flute solo. "Dedicated to Hildegardt Smit."