chamber/small ensemble | choral | electronic | orchestral | solo | vocal
Duration: Approx 3 minutes
Serene, beautiful and striking. Frost was inspired by the beautiful carpet of ice crystals left across the landscape. Although it may be a danger, it makes the world sparkle in a magical way, leaving glinting frosty spiders webs and icy plants for us to admire.
Circular Musings (2014)
Duration: Approx 3’30”
Circular musings arose from some meditative playing of a theme on a church organ, which morphed and mutated over time and eventually became the theme for this piece.
Duration: Approx 3’00”
Rains is a short piano piece inspired by summer rain falls. A gentle, meditative flow of rain forms the anchor of the piece, over which a singing melody floats. The downpour becomes more powerful in the central section of the piece as its range and complexity increases, before the gentle flow of rain returns, slows and finally stops.
Three moments (2014)
Instrumentation: Solo piano
Duration: Approximately 6-7 minutes.
Work for solo organ.
Summer Rain (2011)
Instrumentation: Solo marimba
Date of composition: Early 2011
Summer Rain is a semi-structured, variable length work for marimba. For more information please see the blog posts:
The structuring of a semi-structured piece
Summer Rain – a final few notes
Perkusi is a minature for solo flute. For more information about it, please see my blog post.
This recording was performed by Nancy Ruffer at the Colchester New Music workshop at firstsite, Colchester, on 22nd October 2011. Many thanks to all at CNM and to Nancy Ruffer for making the workshop, subsequent concert and recording possible.
Thoughtscape I (2011)
Keybar Perpetuaa (2010)
Instrumentation: Solo timpani
The clip below was performed by Emma Stoffer in 2010.
Instrumentation: Solo piano
Duration: Approx. 5 minutes
This work is based around the situation of being a captive – in any sense of the word, whether mentally or physically – and the desire to break free. This captivity is reflected by the constant reprise of the initial theme and its retrograde inversion, and the piece’s reluctance to change key. The piece begins with the melody of the captive, growing and developing as their desperation becomes more apparent, before resigning themselves to their captivity. The theme is drawn out and repeated, reflecting both the tedium of the situation, and yet the simplicity implicit in being captive. The mind, however, longs to break free of the situation, and loosens its ties. After a short, sharp return to the real world, its true break for freedom comes. However, inevitably, it must eventually return to reality.
Der du bist drei in Einigkeit (2010)
Der du bist drei in Einigkeit formed Jenni’s submission for the Orgelbüchlein project – a project to complete Bach’s missing works from the Orgelbüchlein, based on the titles and ghost chorales. Named after the chorale on which it is based, this short piece aims to capture the style and energy of some of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein works. The recording on the media player was performed at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel on 11th May 2010 by Anna Steppler, as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.
Kübler Ross (2010)
Instrumentation: Violin and electronics
Kübler Ross, for violin and electronics, is a piece exploring the five stages of grief. The piece is divided into these five sections, which themselves are subdivided. the electronic track consists of extended violin techniques (such as scraping, harmonics and glissandi) and Javanese gongs, marking the progression of both time, and the psyche through the five stages. The recorded sample on the media player was performed by Darragh Morgan in April 2010.
Twisted Somatics (2008)
Instrumentation: Vibraphone and marimba (1 performer)
Twisted Somatics was written for the percussionist Emma Stoffer. It consists of two main sections: one minimalist (vibraphone), and one quasi-serial (marimba). These are first heard separately as musical manifestations of the separated spirit and physical body, before the two are combined, with the percussionist performing on both instruments simultaneously. The samples on the media player are performed by Emma Stoffer.