Joseph Vella

Maltese composer and conductor, Joseph Vella is generally considered to be Malta's leading contemporary composer. Internationally, he is by far the most widely played.   Read Biography

Works

OP op 151
Credo
Text: Christopher Hyland
Composition: S1,S2,Bar,Bass, Choir and Orchestra  |  15 August 2016
Premiere: Not Performed
Duration: 11.45 min min
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OP 1
Blurred Visions
Composition: Piano Solo  |  30 March 1962
Premiere: Josette Micallef  |  Malta Television  |  19 June 1970
Duration: 08:30 min
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OP 2
Piccolo Divertimento
Composition: Wind Quartet  |  20 December 1963
Premiere: Not Performed
Duration: 07:00 min
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OP 2(a)
Piccolo Divertimento
Composition: String Quartet  |  20 December 1963
Premiere: Borealis String Quartet  |  Aula Magna, Old Univ.  |  18 November 1997
Duration: 07:00 min
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OP 3
A Movement
Composition: String Quartet  |  08 May 1964
Premiere: Not Performed
Duration: 11:00 min
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OP 4
Three Mood Pieces
Composition: Full Orchestra  |  01 December 1965
Premiere: Manoel Theatre Orchestra  |  Manoel Theatre, Valletta  |  Conductor: Joseph Sammut  |  22 December 1966
Duration: 15:00 min
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OP 4(a)
Three Mood Pieces
Composition: Wind Band  |  01 December 1965
Premiere: La Stella Band  |  Independence Square, Victoria  |  Conductor: Josph Vella  |  31 July 2012
Duration: 15:00 min
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OP 5
Il-Barri
Secular Cantata
Composition: Mixed choir and Orchestra  |  Words: Gorg Pisani  |  20 July 1966
Premiere: Jesus of Nazareth Choir, Manoel Theatre Orchestra  |  Manoel Theatre, Valletta  |  Conductor: Joseph Sammut  |  17 February 1972
Duration: 21:00 min
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OP 6
Triptych
Composition: Soprano and Piano  |  Words: John Consiglio  |  19 July 2012
Premiere: Antoinette Miggiani (soprano), Albert Manche’ (piano)  |  Malta Television  |  10 June 1970
Duration: 07:00 min
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OP 6(a)
Triptych
Composition: Soprano and Orchestra  |  Words: John Consiglio  |  04 November 1993
Premiere: Lydia Caruana (soprano) / Manoel Theatre Orch.  |  Manoel Theatre,Valletta  |  Conductor: Joseph Vella  |  15 December 1993
Duration: 07:00 min
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OP 7
Trio Concertante
Composition: Violin, Horn, and Piano  |  03 November 1968
Premiere: Antoine Frendo (violin), Emanuel Spagnol (horn), Margaret Cini (piano)  |  Auditorium, University of Malta  |  28 May 1983
Duration: 11:00 min
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OP 8
Bo Peep
A little, little opera for children
Composition: Unison choir, string trio, and piano  |  Words: Victor Mallia Milanes  |  06 June 1968
Premiere: Zabbar Primary School Choir  |  Zabbar  |  02 July 1968
Duration: 30:00 min
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OP 9
Passacaglietta
Composition: Clarinet and Piano  |  05 October 1968
Premiere: Freddie Mizzi (clarinet), Joseph Vella (piano)  |  MTV  |  10 June 1970
Duration: 5:00 min
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OP 10
Scherzo
Composition: Piano solo  |  30 March 1969
Premiere: Stephanie Lauri  |  Cathedral Museum, Mdina  |  19 October 1988
Duration: 06:00 min
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OP 11
Sinfonia
De Profundis
Composition: Chamber Orchestra  |  23 July 1969
Premiere: Manoel Theatre Orchestra  |  Manoel Theatre, Valletta  |  Conductor: Joseph Sammut  |  15 February 1977
Duration: 26:00 min
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OP 12
Due Cantilene
Composition: Piano Quartet  |  03 April 1970
Premiere: The MCI Quartet  |  Ballroom, Hotel Phoenicia, Valletta  |  14 December 1970
Duration: 14:00 min
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OP 13
Waħdi
Composition: Soprano and Piano  |  Words: Joe Camilleri  |  31 August 1970
Premiere: Antoinette Miggiani (soprano), Joseph Vella (piano)  |  Ballroom, Hotel Phoenicia, Valletta  |  12 November 1970
Duration: 04.30 min
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OP 14
Milied (1958)
Tifkiriet
Composition: Chamber Orchestra  |  11 October 1972
Premiere: Ensemble of the Manoel Theatre Orchestra  |  Manoel Theatre, Valletta  |  Conductor: Joseph Sammut  |  19 December 1972
Duration: 05:00 min
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OP 15
Invention
Composition: Piano solo  |  21 March 1971
Premiere: Not Performed
Duration: 02:00 min
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OP 16
Clarinet Quintet
Composition: 10 August 1973
Premiere: Freddie Mizzi (clarinet), Mario Bisazza (violin), Joseph Galea (violin), Guido Mamo (viola), Alfred Tonna (cello)  |  Auditorium, University of Malta  |  17 February 1978
Duration: 17.00 min
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