for chamber ensemble
fl, ca, bcl, hn, tpt, trb, vn, va, vc, pf
duration: 10 minutes
Pieces of Pieces
Four pieces, four textures, each an archetype of piano style:
dense chords, arpeggios, toccata-style lines, and a modernist "plink-plonk"
texture. The ensemble re-interprets each of these in its own terms. Piano
and ensemble try out each possible pair of pieces; occasionally they share
the same material and compare their approaches to it.
Iain Matheson comes from Glasgow.
He graduated Bmus from Glasgow University, where his composition teachers
included George Newson and Lyell Cresswell. After completing his studies
he worked as pianist/composer with a theatre group, and piano teacher
in schools. He has also worked for the Church of Scotland, both in Scotland
and in Prague. Iain now lives in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, where he
works as a piano teacher.
Performances of Iain's music include those by Cappella Nova, Chamber Group
of Scotland, Peter Evans, Frances-Marie Uitti, Ananda Sukarlan, Emperor
String Quartet, Kevin Bowyer, ensemble 175 East (New Zealand), Burkhard
Molir (Germany) and Ensemble Bash. His music celebrates and explores musical
shapes before any other expressive intention.
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