Trio for Flute, Harp & Viola
Arafura Haze ~18:30
Genesis, unconscious associations: I was fortunate in the 1990's to travel to the Northern Territory, touring with Elektra String Quartet or working with the Arafura Music Collective. During those travels, I spent many a time wandering along the coast; looking at, and breathing the Arafura Sea or the scrubby edge of the desert behind.
.....and then there was the light; the mornings, dusk, the changing colours and moods, and the hints of other worlds beyond the horizon - a very different Australia than I was familiar with.
Musically, I made reference to Papuan New Guinean funerary music, performed by a group of individual mourners, each on individual bamboo, single note pipes. Sad to say, I can't be any more specific than that in acknowledging their culture, or the source; I can't remember where or when I saw them; apologies to the beings of that cultural world........ RC, 12th July 2020
Original sketches: Arafura Haze, 26th April, 1998 (?)
Reworked/developed: 8th - 29th Feb, 2020 Byron Bay
Trio for Flute, Guitar & Cello
Into the Depths... ~15:00
(Pardon the crappy synth recording
Some of the ideas for this work initially came from my Sonata for Solo Guitar. I was intending to simply arrange a section for trio, for some friends looking for repertoire. Needless to say, I wrote it for Carla in the end....(who could ask for anything, or anyone, more...!)
However, as so often happens, ideas take on a life of their own; demanding new structures, new responses to the unbidden questions and stirrings of my deeper psyche, let alone the growing sense of despair which has come to characterise this late stage of my life. (Lord, let it not be for the remainder of my natural term of life).
As such, and needless to say, this work came into being almost organically; which is not surprising, being an organic kind of guy.
Composed: -17th March - 27th May 2021
Trios for Flute, Violin & Viola Slavic Grooves & Meditations
This is the second incarnation of Slavic Grooves and Meditations, a re-working of a set of ideas I originally wrote in duo form for Carla and myself. Having organised (well, Robert Harris) a small tour in Europe for the Elektra Collektive (violin and viola) playing my Reflections on Life, Death, and Transience in 2014, what better way to create more variety, both in form and colour in the program than to add viola to the Slav Duos.
This allowed, of course, for many more possibilities than that afforded by duo, so, they are now quite different from the original duos, as well as some new movements altogether. Tempted as I am to say that the next incarnation (for quintet) is the 'final' version, they are all complete, and dare I say perfect in their own unique ways,
Given that some of the original "Duo" movements were conceived, and performed with percussion, these 'Trios' will actually end up as "Quartets", (when I get around to it) with the inclusion of percussion. As a concession to the straighter classical world, they can however be played quite effectively, without, (that is if you want to present a limp, boring as shit 'classical' trio concert....... yawn, fidget......... discretely check your mobile in your lap..... yawn.... polite clap............. Well, let's be frank, who will perform any of these pieces anyway.
Sunday 24th September, 2017 London
Well, yes, but I think I was probably depressed and despairing at the time; these pieces do work incredibly well, now that I think of it ...and our performances of them in Europe always went down to great acclaim and appreciation!?
Monday, 30th May, 2022 -London St, Enmore (Sydney!)