Gerard Schurmann (b. 1924) is a Dutch contemporary composer, who was born in the Dutch East Indies and lived in England from childhood, before setting in the USA in 1981. His orchestral works span 5 decades, and he remains in demand for commissions today.
The single-movement Cello Concerto The Gardens of Exile was first performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in March 1991. It received immediate critical acclaim, with one reviewer calling it “an extraordinarily fine and imaginative composition”. It features a tense orchestral build up before the Cello enters, gradually emerging from the texture and taking control of the music. A significant contribution to the repertoire, this study score is published by Novello.