alto flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone and viola
duration: 6 minutes
Written in 1997/98 as part of the composer's undergraduate music course,
this piece explores the colour and versatility of some of the orchestra's
lesser-known instruments: the alto flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone and
viola. The piece comprises of a number of different block sections with
the opening material returning at the end, producing a broad arch form.
The contrasting sections not only look at the colour and versatility on
the individual instruments, but also the way in which they may be combined
to produce new textures.
Born in Swansea in
1978, Peter was brought up near Tenby, south Pembrokeshire. He studied
piano at an early age and took up the drums and percussion in his mid
teens. Peter quickly became established in a number of youth orchestras,
including the national Youth Orchestra of Wales, for which he was principle
percussionist for a number of years.
In 1996 Peter began a degree in music at Cardiff University, where his
interest in composing developed under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Powers
and Dr. Richard Elfyn Jones. After graduating in 1999 Peter then stayed
at Cardiff to complete a Masters course in composition, organising concerts
of his own and other students works during this time.
Peter currently divides his time between composing, teaching percussion,
and writing for and performing with his band, The Afternoons, who are
about to release their debut album.
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