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New chamber work: "Memories in rust and cobwebs"

For this work, I wanted to completely remove myself from the comfortable approach I had been taking to composition and really challenge myself with tight restrictions. As a result, I fell upon Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns (a resource popularised by John Adams and John Coltrane). Confined to my own scale degrees, I chose to restrict myself to it entirely for the whole duration of the piece which, given the tempo of the piece, I found immensely difficult to adhere to. But I am glad that I did as it made look at each instrument more intuitively; searching for new timbral colours and combinations.

Memories in Rust and Cobwebs is a chamber piece which encapsulates a scrapyard, the decaying artefacts, and the memories found within them. Workshopped by CHROMA Ensemble, the piece is scored for flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, viola and cello.

For more information about this work, follow this link.


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