Original Works

Ballades for solo piano (In progress)

Shavasana Piece (In progress)

Untitled Work for cello and piano (In progress)

NKOSI – Treble choir with piano (In progress)

White in the moon the long road lies – SATB choir (2018)

Too solemn for day, too sweet for night – SATB choir (2018)

Blondin – SATB choir (2017)

In the Train SSAA choir and piano (2017)

The Arrow of Time – solo piano (2015)

Wandrers Nachtlied – SATB choir (2015)

My Name is Olemaun Pokiak – SSSAAA choir (2015)

So, good night, with lullaby – SATB choir (2015)

Time’s Small Space – SATB choir and piano (2015)

TIME – jazz chart for keyboard and duo voice (2015)

Reverberations – choral theatre with cello and piano (2013)

 

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Ballades for solo piano

(In progress)

A set of five Ballades for solo piano, these are programmatic instrumental works inspired by, and structured on, the poems of Dennis Brutus (1924-2009), Michael Ondaatje (b. 1943), and Marlene NourbeSe Philip (b. 1947), among others. As character pieces, each ballade presents its own individual character and musical construction with certain thematic and rhythmic elements uniting each piece into the larger group.

To be work-shopped in 2018 with the premiere performance to take place in May of 2019.

 

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Shavasana Pieces

(2018)

Two 5 minute works for recorded piano and electronics for the traditional Shavasana (Savasana) at the finale of a yoga session.

Shava 1 – Broken

Shava 2 – Solid

 

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Untitled Work for cello and piano

(In progress)

This exciting piece is a change of pace for Edward and is his first piece written featuring a stringed instrument since 2011. He is planning to perform the piece from the piano with a cellist and it is being crafted with the composer’s strengths in performance in mind. Completion and premiere dates to be announced soon!

 

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Too solemn for day, too sweet for night

(2018)

SATB choir

This piece is for mixed-voice choir and is a setting of the brief, yet stunning poem by William Sydney Walker. Premiere details to be announced soon.

“TOO solemn for day, too sweet for night,

Come not in darkness, come not in light;

But come in some twilight interim,

When the gloom is soft, and the light is dim.”

 

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Blondin

(2017)

SATB choir

A setting of Walter de la Mare’s text of the same title on the subject of Jean François Gravelet (1824-1897), better known as Charles Blondin, who was a French tightrope walker and acrobat whose tightrope walks across Niagara Falls made him famous particularly in North America.

 

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NKOSI

(In Progress)

Treble choir with piano

A 5 movement work for treble choir and piano inspired by the book We are all the Same by journalist Jim Wooten. A story about a South African boy, Nkosi Johnson, born with AIDS who, throughout his 12 years, had a monumental impact on the public perception of the AIDS pandemic.

 

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In the Train

(2017)

SSAA choir with piano

A setting for treble choir of James Thompson’s “In the Train”. The rhythmically flowing and driving piano part allows the voices to soar above in this increasingly exciting 5 minutes.

Arrangements by the composer also for SATB choir with piano and TTBB choir with piano.

 

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White in the moon the long road lies

(2017)

SATB choir

5 minutes

A setting of the text of the same name in part XXXVI of A. E Housman’s “A Shropshire Lad”.

 

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The Arrow of Time

(2015)

Solo piano

14 minutes

Continuous form with three subsections:

(The Arrow of Time)(Time and Space)(The Arrow of Time II)

“This piece is a musical reflection of the period of inspired thought, which I experienced after delving into the writings of Dr. Stephen Hawking. Particularly, those of Hawking’s theories and descriptions regarding Time-Space and the Arrows of Time (of which Hawking delineates three types). Ideas involving time as a dimension, and our one-directional experience in it from past to future, were especially inspiring to the creative thought in this piece.

In three distinct but connected sections, this work is a continuous unravelling of musical ideas –ideas that are always aware of the passing of time and our conception of it. I encourage the listener to experience time as it shifts identities throughout the piece – in one moment ticking along, while in the next seemingly stretching and slowing down to an unusually slow state. This work was created on a base of inspired thought and I hope that it will in turn inspire creative and emboldened thoughts in the listener.” -Taken from the program notes for the premiere.

*Premiered by Everett Hopfner at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto on January 25th, 2016

 

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Wandrers Nachtlied

(2015)

SATB choir

A setting of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Wandrers Nachtlied I. (German)

 

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My Name is Olemaun Pokiak

(2015)

SSSAAA choir

The Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble has commissioned Edward Enman to write for a revisited presentation of Fatty Legs – a show which tells the story of Olemaun Pokiak leaving her home in the High Arctic to attend a residential school in Aklavik in Canada’s North.

Premiered by Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble on a tour of Canada’s East Coast in 2015 with a tour of Ontario in 2017 and an upcoming tour of Ontario in 2018. Details for the upcoming tour can be found here.

 

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So, good night, with lullaby

(2015)
 
SATB choir
A setting of text from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

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Time’s Small Space

(2015)
 
SATB choir and piano
A setting of Day by Walter de la Mare
To be published by Renforth Music in late 2018.

 

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TIME

(2015)

Jazz Chart for Keyboard and Duo Voice

Original text and music

 

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Reverberations 

(2013)

A new choral theatre work with Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble, cello and piano.

Original material by Edward Enman and Claire Gallant

 

(Premiered Friday, February 1st, 2013 – St. Matthews United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Subsequently performed on Sunday, April 7th, 2013, at the Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquidoboit, Nova Scotia)

 

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Wind."Wind." Sample - Page 8

(2011)

SSAATTBB Choir

Text: “Wind” by Michael Irving

 

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Rubies"Rubies" Sample - Page 3

(2011, revised 2017)

SSAA Choir

Text: “Rubies” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be published by Renfoth Music in late 2018.

 

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Then Shall I Leap Into Love

Then Shall I Leap Into Love Sample (Edward Enman)

(2011)

SSAATTBB

Setting of the text by Mechthild von Magdeburg

I cannot dance, Lord, unless you lead me.

If you want me to leap with abandon,

You must intone the song.

Then shall I leap into love,

From love to knowledge,

From knowledge into enjoyment,

And from enjoyment beyond all human sensations.

There I want to remain, yet want also to circle higher still.

Available for Purchase Here

 

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we want to smile.

(2011)

SSAATB Choir

we want to smile. is a piece inspired by hundreds of hours of witnessing how people live and interact with each other in many situations around the world. These scenes of human interaction took place in coffee shops, restaurants, and most importantly; airports. What was especially noticed was the suppression of overt emotionality by routine and familiarity. The presence of emotional states such as excitement, thoughtfulness, and happiness were all reduced to their lesser extremes. The original text began to formulate from the scenes of dull frustration as people waited for their boarding call, or for their morning coffee to arrive at their table.

Some of the statements in the text represent what people outwardly show (we want to give, we want to smile), while others represent a suppressed emotional element of many people (we want to feel, we want to forget, we want to imagine). These particular phrases may never be said or acted upon by these people, but are at the core of their lives. In a natural, forgiving, and encouraging social atmosphere, these statements would be said and experienced frequently with a focused energy that is absent in their present lives.