Chamber Music

An Imaginary Thing (for violin and piano)

(Duration – 17 mins; The last movement One Brief Hour may be performed as a stand-alone piece of 6:30 mins.)

An Imaginary Thing is a three movement work inspired by Walt Whitman’s One Hour to Madness and Joy. This piece tries to capture the frenetic, angular, reckless nature of the text, as well as its underlying lyrical side. The relationship between piano and violin changes over the course of the work from a combined furious clash of notes to intertwining layers, to a single lyrical entity, reflecting the characters present in the text.

Wings (Trio for violin, cello and piano)

(Duration – 19 mins; The last movement may be performed as a stand-alone excerpt at 8 mins long.)

Wings is a trio for violin, cello and piano in three movements, built around the image of a solitary bird flying through a rain-filled sky. The first movement reflects the twisting, fluid nature of flight, with sweeping gestures and rhapsodic lines. The second movement imitates the sounds of rain – drops and sudden flurries grow into a defined, rhythmic sound which contrasts the outer sections. The final movement is built around wind – dramatic gusts expanding from unisons in all the instruments over an unsettled and shifting pulse.

The Lost Country of Sight (for soprano, cello, piano, and percussion); on text by Neil Aitken

(Duration – 12 minutes)
The Lost Country of Sight is a setting of four poems by Neil Aitken in tribute to his father. They portray the cyclical nature of life and relationships, serving as something of a farewell, a look at the exile of the body to the earth, the spirit to the cosmos, a father to the grave.

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