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Ruth Gipps

Ruth Gipps (ed. Rodney Winther)

Subtitle: Opus 53

General Info

Year: 1958 / 2004
Duration: c. 6:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Clarinet I-II
Horn I-II
Double Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In a time where orchestras, wind bands and military bands were male-dominated, British composer Ruth Gipps was a pioneer in the world of music composition and performance. She founded and conducted the Portia Wind Ensemble, a group made up entirely of women. This group was an important part of music in Britain, and they premiered works by Gordon Jacob, Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, Alan Hoddinott, Wilfred Josephs and John McCabe. Seascapes, composed by Gipps in 1958, was written for and premiered by the Portia Wind Ensemble.

Seascapes is a programmatic work, thought to be inspired during a trip to the coastal town of Broadstairs in Kent, where Gipps was giving lectures. About her stay, Gipps said: “I spent the night in a hotel right on the beach. I could hear the sea. I always loved the sound of the sea and particularly storms.”

This piece is written for double wind quintet, with an English horn used in place of a second oboe. The edition by Rodney Winter used for this concert uses an optional string bass which brings further depth and color to the composition.

- Program Note by Christine Higley for the University of Maryland concert program, 9 October 2021

Ruth Gipps was one of the most fascinating women in the music world in England during the 20th century. She was a true pioneer as a composer and performer -- she founded and conducted the Portia Wind Ensemble, a chamber music group comprised entirely of women that provided an important outlet for composers throughout the past fifty years.

Seascapes is a lovely work for ten players (with Winther's optional double bass addition).

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Melinda Mason, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Chamber Winds (Daniel Johnson, conductor) - 18 March 2021
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) Chamber Ensemble (Nathan Voges, conductor) - 21 February 2021
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Chamber Ensemble (Daniel Farr, conductor) - 8 February 2021
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Damon Talley, conductor) - 15 December 2020
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) - 25 September 2020
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 9 February 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 2 October 2019
  • ROCO (Houston, Tx.) (Mei-Ann Chen, conductor) – 17 November 2018
  • Neoteric Chamber Winds (St. Paul, Minn.) (Cory Near, conductor) - 15 August 2017

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