The atmospheric and evocative music of Jonathan David Little is notable for its mystical beauty, intensity, and richness of material. After initial studies at the University of Melbourne, where he won the Lady Turner Exhibition, he completed a Doctoral degree researching the development of ‘exotic’ orchestration in 19th and 20th-century music. Interviewed in the Sept-Oct 2012 issue of American Fanfare, Little’s musical style was defined as ‘ecstatic minimalism.’ Italian and other European critics have preferred the more general terms ‘antique futurism’ or ‘picturesque archaism.’

Little was the first Australian-born composer to be awarded the prestigious Collard Fellowship of the UK’s Worshipful Company of Musicians (est.1500), and also the first composer to receive a Professional Development Award from the UK music business’s own charity, the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. In 2016 he won a Royal Philharmonic Society “ENCORE Choral” Award (UK), in 2017 Special Distinction for his orchestral music in the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize (USA) – and in January 2018 his polychoral Kyrie was nominated for “Best Classical Music Recording” at the inaugural RoundGlass Global Music Awards (USA-INDIA). His entire body of polychoral music was also nominated for the 2018 AUSTRALIA PRIZE – the nation’s premier and most distinguished award in the Arts and Humanities.

Little’s most recent choral album, WOEFULLY ARRAYED (2017) – featuring three choirs from the US & UK – has been praised by leading record review magazines worldwide. Fanfare called it “a masterpiece … radiant … a superb disc,” Gramophone thought it “masterly” and “luminous,” while Audiophile Audition felt it to be “fantastically beautiful … a delight on all fronts.” Choir & Organ (UK) reported of his choral music that “Little writes very much in the manner of the renaissance masters, creating what a modern sensibility would identify as ‘immersive’ music of strongly mystical aspect.”

Albums

Voices of Earth and Air Vol. 2

Release Date: April 26, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6221
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR 2 presents the best that modern choral compositions have to offer. Settings of traditional prayers are mingled with ethereal stories and otherworldly visions, and each of the eight compositions both stand unique and work together harmoniously to create a collection that nods to the future of choral music.
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Woefully Arrayed

Release Date: July 14, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6113
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Navona Records showcases sacred and secular choral works by composer Jonathan Little on its latest release, WOEFULLY ARRAYED. Jonathan Little’s work has been described as “a music redolent of the past and the future.” His modern interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque techniques of composition—such as modal harmonies and isorhythm—form the basis of his musical voice. The sound is strikingly contemporary, yet also intertwined with choral traditions of the past. Several of these beautiful and moving settings of profound and poignant texts feature intricate “polychoral” techniques: multi-part, multi-divisi, solo, echo and spatial effects.
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Fine Music, Vol. 4

Release Date: May 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5916
21st Century
Concertos
Orchestral
Oboe
Orchestra
Saxophone
FINE MUSIC, VOL. 4 is the fourth compilation of the Navona Records Fine Music digital series. This installment features the works of David Nisbet Stewart, Brian Noyes, Jonathan Little, Daniel Perttu, Curt Cacioppo, Santiago Billoni, Alejejandro Rutty, Joanne Carey, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Summer, Roger Bourland, Kjell Magne Andersen, and Jan Van der Roost.
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Polyhymnia

Release Date: February 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5867
21st Century
Orchestral
Vocal Music
Choir
Orchestra
String Orchestra
With works described as "an inspired creation" (Music & Vision), "original and quite brilliant" (Fanfare), and "immensely poetic" (Tempo), Jonathan Little has planted himself as a luminary contemporary composer. On POLYHYMNIA, his first release on Navona Records, Little is able to transform traditional influences into rich, intense, and finely structured music that lives up to his reputation.
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