Morris Pert

born on 8/9/1947 in Arbroath, Scotland, United Kingdom

died on 27/4/2010

Morris Pert

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Morris David Brough Pert (8 September 1947 – 27 April 2010)[1] was a Scottish composer, drummer/percussionist, and pianist who composed in the fields of both contemporary classical and jazz-rock music. His compositions include three symphonies, piano music, chamber and solo instrumental music, choral music and "sonic landscapes" for electronic media; a recent major work is "Ankh" for Carnyx and electronics. He was born and raised in Arbroath where he played in percussion, folk and rock bands and began to compose. After a BMus from Edinburgh University, he studied in London on a scholarship at the RAM with Alan Bush and James Blades. He was a prize winning student, notably for his orchestral work "Xumbu-Ata". He worked with Japanese percussionist Stomu Yamashta and was a member of the ensembles "Come to the Edge" and "Suntreader" and later the jazz-rock band Brand X, composing three numbers for their Masques album. As a session musician he played with many musicians, including Paul McCartney, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams, Kate Bush, Mike Oldfield, Sally Oldfield, Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, Phil Collins, Jon Anderson and Elvis Costello. A truly original composer, he eschewed the excesses of post war modernism, believing sound and emotional communication to be of fundamental importance; his style is nevertheless marked by a degree of rhythmic and metric complexity and a non-ideological use of serial technique that remains open to aspects of tonality. Another important feature of his music is the degree of improvisation required of soloists,generally in response to a pre recorded tape. The extramusical stimuli were often cosmological, ranging from generally solar or lunar themes to the more specifically astronomical: "Alpha Centauri", "Omega Centauri", "Chromosphere" etc. or inspired by the wisdom, culture and artefacts of the ancient and medieval world, especially his Pictish forebears, but also drawing on Lucretius, Taoism, Carmichael's Carmina Gadelica and the Bible.


  • The Voyage as "Suntreader" (Pert, Peter Robinson and Neville Whitehead). Recorded in the 1970s, rediscovered and released by North by Northwest Productions, 2001 NNW002
  • The Music of Stars
  • Desert Dances
  • Elektron Musik - digital download
  • Chromosphere - digital download (2013)


  1. - Accessed 11 October 2010

External links

  • Official website
  • [Morris Pert at All Music Guide Morris Pert] at Allmusic
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