He studied saxophone, clarinet and composition at the Royal College of Music and graduated with a 100% final mark in 1980. From 1977–1982 he was leader of the Myrha Saxophone Quartet, before forming an avante-garde cabaret ensemble, the Berliner Band,in 1986. Harle premiered Harrison Birtwistle's concerto for saxophone titled "Panic" in the Royal Albert Hall in 1995, and has produced numerous solo recordings, including 525 concertos written for him, among them works by Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars and Mike Westbrook. He has worked with Sir Paul McCartney on projects such as "Shadow Cycle", "Standing Stone", and "Ecce cor Meum", and has written over 40 film and television scores, as well as 35 concert works. Compositions Foursquare (1980; saxophone quartet) The Golden Demon (1995; saxophone, brass ensemble) Composed and arranged music for The Shadow of the Duke (1992) Angel Magick (1997; opera) (Libretto by David Pountney) Silencium Suite (1998; two sopranos, saxophone, orchestra) The Little Death Machine (2002; saxophone, orchestra) The Ballad of Jamie Allan (2004; chamber opera) Terror and Magnificence (1996), which he calls "an extended work joining classical and rock singing (Sarah Leonard and Elvis Costello), a string quartet, club dance grooves and 14th century French poetry, with his own lyrical sax conversing and improvising with the powerful tenor sax of Andy Sheppard". He wrote the score for Simon Schama's "History of Britain". From roughly 1973 to 1980, his composing methods were driven by a strictly 12-note serial-music system, and by that period's avant-garde, dominated by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
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