Dialogue originated as a four-movement solo for clarinet, written for Andrew Sparling. In this work technical concerns inspired the creative process: an exploration of rhythmic inversion and of harmony moving by quartertone steps. It was only after hearing the first performance that I had the idea of combining this solo with the elegant lyricism of a birdsong recording, played at quarter-speed. I hope that the resulting work, like a sculpture in a beautiful garden, achieves a symbiosis between human invention and the virtuosity of nature.
Paul Rhys was born in 1965 and studied
at St. Paul’s School and Oxford University. He obtained a PhD in
Composition from Keele University, spending one year in Chicago supported
by a Wingate Fellowship. He currently teaches composition at Reading University
and works in London as a conductor, singer and piano-teacher.
Back to shortlist.