Leo Geyer

Composer and Conductor

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Movement for Music (2013)

Music for Movement was premiered by the CMU New Music Ensemble on the 13th of October 2013 at 8pm at the Staples Family Concert Hall (USA).

for open instrumention

Duration: approx. 10'



As a Composer and Conductor, I have always been fascinated by how closely these two disciplines are linked. The smallest of movements from the conductor can drastically affect the sound and therefore the realisation of the composition itself. Movement for Music is an exploration of this boundary between composer and conductor and essentially combines the two disciplines into one.


Movement for Music has no written score. The players must perform by responding to the conductor’s movements, which should govern every aspect of player’s improvisation, including; tempo, dynamic, rhythm, phrase shape, articulation, expression, entries etc. To achieve a greater variety and structure in the movement the conductor must sonically isolate themselves from the ensemble and ‘pretend’ to realise excerpts of music. These excerpts are unknown to the ensemble so that the players focus on the movement rather than the realisation of the score. The result will be an intriguing portrayal of the implication of movement in music.

The Hand of the Conductor - Yesterday Cafe


Free instrumentation consisting of 3 to 15 players and conductor.

Movement for Music

Winner of the CMU New Music Call for Works 2013