Category: Composition

Building Blocks – Excerpts

Building Blocks is one of those pieces that, although destined as part of a suite of works, could easily work as a stand alone unit. When I couldn’t stop hearing the beginnings of Building Blocks in my head, I knew I had to get working on it. In previous posts I have written about my…
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Bells in the Rain

I’m in the middle of writing a post on my latest orchestral piece, Building Blocks, but I thought I’d quickly post a link to my contribution to the Art Song Project – Bells in the Rain. I was inspired to write the piece when I came across (and subsequently fell in love with) the poem…
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Scenes from a Train – Larghetto cantabile

The final movement from Scenes from a Train features a cantabile melody alongside snippets from the other two movements. This movement was the one that spontaneously popped into my head whilst looking out of the train window, and begged to be written. The movement begins with the melody on clarinet, at full pelt, and a…
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Scenes from a Train: Andante

In some pieces, this second movement would be termed a rondo. In this work, however, it’s definitely more of an episodic movement. There is an A section, reflecting the gentle movement of the train and the houses flashing past, which develops and becomes more complex as the scenes change outside. In between, there are short…
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Reinvention: Scenes from a Train: Andantino con moto

Revisiting old work is something every professional does at various points in their career. In this case, I was asked to reinvent the clarinet sonata – completed for my Creative Pact last September – for clarinet and string quartet (see the previous link for full details about how it came into being). In this series…
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