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New string quartet inspired by museum collections

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum have come together to commission new chamber works in response to objects in the museum, as part of the 2020 CoMA Festival. Anna’s commission, inspired by the case of 18th and 19th century pocket watches in the local history gallery, is timepiece.

timepiece is a minimalist work for string quartet with elements of percussion Рa chime and optional mechanical metronome Рplayed by the string players. It brings to life the cabinet of tiny clockwork mechanisms, building a multilayered euphony as motifs gradually layer upon each other. Rhythms, harmonies and textures grow as the structure evokes seconds, minutes, hours, and the night-chimes of the early pocket watches on the
quarter-hours which allowed the carrier to tell the time in the dark before gas or
electric light was invented.

Members of Devon Philharmonic Orchestra will give the world premiere performance of timepiece in Exeter, beside the case of pocket watches that inspired it, on Saturday 7th March. Tickets are on sale from the museum.

 

Gembird – new work for chamber ensemble

Introducing Gembird: 7! For 6, written in December 2012 in response to a call for scores by Kokoro and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for their South West Composers Day. A return to instrumental ensemble writing, this is a sextet which organically weaves colour and texture around a skeleton of musical patterns, which happen to be inspired by the number 5040 (which mathematicians will know as 7x6x5x4x3x2x1, or 7! for short). It is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (xylophone and tambourine, 1 player). Preview the score on the Portfolio page. Audio coming soon.

Gembird

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