Lines and Spaces
2015 | 13’
Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society
Dedicated to Richard Uttley
Whilst composing these miniatures I kept coming back to Agnes Martin’s exquisitely simple paintings. They have shown me over and over again how much is possible with lines and spaces. They are just grids and lines, and yet they evoke much more with the delicate layering of paint and beautiful imperfections.
These miniatures fluctuate between compressing or expanding, creating a bold line or subtle bands of faint colours.
Selected performances: Richard Uttley hcmf//, Huddersfield UK, 2015 (premiere)
Manchester UK; Paris, 2016
Klangspuren Schwatz, Tirol, Austria, 2017
Fidan Aghayeva-Edler unerhöhrte musik, Berlin 2019
My initial idea centred around different characteristics of ice. ‘Is’ is the Old English (and also used in some Scandanavian languages) for ice. This idea transformed into a desire to write pieces that just ‘are’: that had simple, mostly non-developmental structures.
This is a suggested order only – they can be played in any desired order.
Selected performances: Rolf Hind Wigmore Hall, London (premiere); Edinburgh; Cardiff, UK 2006
Yannick Wirner Karlsruhe, Germany 2007
Ninon Gloger Lübeck, Germany 2016