Written in 2000, Arabesques is a
study of time and of form. The main musical material is a set of small
variations on an ‘theme’, the theme is however not actually
present in the final work. The variations once finished were disseminated
in such a way that those at the start tended to happen towards the end
and visa versa. The ‘real –directional’ flow of the music
is thus undermined; the music heads away from a place that one can only
imagine, and towards a form of ‘beginning’.
Jeroen Speak graduated in 1993 with
M.Mus. with first class honours from Victoria University Wellington (New
Zealand). In 1994 was the Composer in Residence at the Nelson School of
Music before moving to Britain where he currently resides. He has received
tuition from Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Harvey and Michael Finnissy.
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