Apple Tree Music, the imprint of Surrey-based composer Ian Assersohn, is well-known to abcd Exhibition visitors. On this page you can find out more about Ian Assersohn and his music, discover his latest works and learn about some new publications from OUP.
Ian’s music is characterised by appealing melodic and harmonic invention and careful structuring, as well as skilful and original setting of texts. By turns beautiful and haunting, or energetic and rhythmical, it is always approachable and enjoyed by performers and audiences alike.
His output to date includes over 80 separate choral pieces and nine longer works. He is published by OUP and Novello, among others, and his music also appears in a number of anthologies including The Oxford Book Of Easy Flexible Anthems (Still, Small Voice), The Novello Book of British Folksongs (Yarmouth Town) and The Oxford Book of Flexible Choral Songs (Dwell On The Beauty).
The majority of his work is published under his own imprint, Apple Tree Music, and is available to buy on the Apple Tree Music site. All shorter pieces are available in printed or PDF form and the site includes pages from every work as well as many audio and video links.
New Music for 2020
There have been a number of newly released pieces this year, listed below. Click the links to find out more.
- Adelstrop – SATB a cappella. A setting of Edward Thomas’ much loved poem.
- Consolation – SATB, or Cambiata choir (CCBar), and piano. Text by the composer
- Dover Beach – Baritone solo, SATB and piano. This is a substantial setting of Matthew Arnold’s famous Victorian poem.
- Greensleeves – SATB a cappella. An arrangement of the famous 16th century English ballad.
- I Sing of a Maiden – SATB a cappella. An atmospheric setting of a 15th century english carol. Shortlisted in the Jubilate Carol Competition.
- Love is come Again – SSATB a cappella. An original setting of the well-known Easter song “Now the green blade riseth”. Virtual Choir video – Vaughan Williams Singers.
- Pastime With Good Company – SATB a cappella. An energetic and authentically lusty arrangement of Henry VIII’s famous song.
- Sleep Softly Now – SATB, or SAB, and piano, or SATB a cappella. Christmas. A gently rocking setting of a mediaeval carol text in which Mary sings a lullaby to the infant Jesus. Chosen by Ora Singers as one of 12 carols in its 2019 Christmas Gift competition. Recording – Ora Singers conducted by Suzi Digby.
- Sumer is icumen in – SATB, or TTBB, and piano, or SAATTBB a cappella. There are two versions of this arrangement – accompanied and unaccompanied. Both versions retain all the exuberant energy of the original mediaeval English round.
- We Cannot Stop Singing – SATB and piano. A lockdown song. Text by Euan Tait.Watch the Vaughan Williams Singers’ virtual choir video.
- As The Rain Hides The Stars – SATB a cappella. This work, one of Ian’s most popular and successful pieces, is to be published by OUP. Coming soon. Recording – London Choral Sinfonia conducted by Michael Waldron
- Make We Joy Now In this Fest – SATB a cappella. This singable, lively carol proved a big hit in many Christmas concerts across the world last year. Available from OUP. Recording – The Oxford Choir
- Slow Down – SATB, CCBar, or TTBB, and piano. The original cambiata version of this song features in OUP’s Emerging Voices series. OUP has now published the same work in an arrangement for lower voices, with an SATB version coming soon. Recording – The Oxford Choir (TTBB version).
- Sun (from Ionian Mass) – SATB and piano. The dramatic fourth movement of Ionian Mass is now available as a standalone piece. The complete work is available to purchase here and for more information on this secular work, please see the dedicated Ionian Mass website. Recording.
- The Rook Ascending – Solo voice, SATB, SSA, or 2-part mixed voices, and piano. The joyful virtual choir video of this humorous song has been a popular YouTube view since its release in June.