Michael Summers’ music has harmonic richness, rhythmic flair, and a gift for melody.
His works include lyrical string quartet movements, sexy 17th-century song settings and funk-inflected piano pieces. His organ piece Variations on an English Folksong, released by Navona in 2011, was described as ‘urgently dramatic’ by Gramophone and ‘striking and ingenious’ by Allmusic.com. Other keyboard works include Modus operandi for piano, which was first performed in 2010. One critic noted its ‘subtle and complex rhythms and its impressionist language’ and likened the style to Bartok and Debussy.
More recent works include Out of the Loop, a five-movement suite for solo alto flute, and Quercus, a further exploration of the sonorities of the organ.