The title of this short piece states the place of composition and it is in many ways an evocation of the quiet and timeless atmosphere of that region of East Anglia. I recall walking in the fields between three churches and hearing their bells rolling together and mixing in such a way as to form a fascinating, hybrid scale. Although I forgot the actual notes that I had heard, I felt a need to recreate that effect which seemed to be so eloquent and deeply pertaining to time and place.
Composed in 1986, it is one of the earliest pieces that I feel to have a personal quality and in a strange way it still exerts a considerable influence on my current compositions.
The piece is in three sections, in which the first part represents a local and contemplative mood, whereas the middle section is, by means of a more focused rhythm and the term "lontano", more active, but distant. It is completed by a return of the opening music, which is modified by fragments from the middle section.
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The opening pages
Thursday 20th June 2019, 7pm
Part of Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2019.
Florian Mitrea, piano |
The Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey WD23 2TS
Tuesday 28th August 2012, 2pm
Presteigne Festival, Event 24: Piano in the Afternoon
Tom Poster, piano | St Andrew's Church, Presteigne |
Sunday 21st May 2006
Matthew Schellhorn, piano | Hudson, Quebec, Canada
Sunday 14th May 2006
Matthew Schellhorn, piano | Friends Meeting House, Hertford
Friday 17th February 2006
Matthew Schellhorn, piano | St John's College, Cambridge
Tuesday 30th August 2005
Part of the Presteigne Festival.
Matthew Schellhorn, piano | St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Wales
World Premiere: Ingworth
Tuesday 12th December 1989
John Christopher Adams, piano | Holywell Room, Oxford