A short piece for trumpet written as a gift for a colleague and keen amateur trumpeter, and inspired by a passage in T.S.Eliot's Burnt Norton.
At the still point was premiered by Simon Desbruslais, who then gave several more performances of the piece around the UK and on tour in China. This proved to be the start of a fruitful collaboration with Simon, leading to my recent piece for piccolo trumpet, Ascent.
The first in a series of works inspired by Japanese haiku this piece takes its inspiration from a poem by Chiyo-Ni: "In field and mountain, nothing stirs, this snowy morning".
The piece is a gradual unfolding of pitches across the various registers of the piano, gathering into simple harmonic shapes that rotate and shift until they eventually melt into silence.
On Shifting Ground is a short piece that sets out to explore extremes of music within a compressed form, from the spacious, crystalline sound of the beginning, through frantic, propulsive energy in the middle and into fragile, delicate music at the end. The title was suggested by the opening section, in which a series of chords in rhythmic unison gradually dislocate, and in so doing create the energy that propels the music forward. On Shifting Ground was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and premiered in the Isleworth Festival. It has been recorded by NMC - follow this link for more details.