oboe, bassoon, horn, vibraphone, 2 violins, viola, cello
duration: 7 minutes
Requiescat was inspired by a short poem by Oscar Wilde, written after
the death of his sister. The music consists of two opposing types of material.
Firstly, an arpeggio-like series of chords that are manipulated and twisted
throughout the piece, and secondly a long, lyrical melody, that is likewise
subjected to variation. These two ideas are continually tweaked throughout,
and the music builds to a climax, about two-thirds of the way through.
The final section is a skeletal image of the two ideas which toll the
end of the piece.
Luke Bedford was born in 1978. In 1996
he entered the Royal College of Music on a Foundation Scholarship, studying
with Edwin Roxburgh and Simon Bainbridge.
His piece Requiescat won the inaugural Inter-Collegiate Composer
Award at the 1998 ISCM Festival in Manchester. He has had several pieces
broadcast on Radio 3. He was awarded the 2000 Royal Philharmonic Society
Composition Prize, which included a commission to write a work for the
London Sinfonietta to be performed at the 2001 State of the Nation weekend.
He is also writing a work for the Park Lane Group Concerts in January
2001. In the summer of 2000 he attended the Britten-Pears School course
for Contemporary Performance and Composition. He was awarded the 2000
Mendelssohn Scholarship, and with funds from the RVW Trust, he was able
to take up a scholarship to study for a masters degree at the Royal Academy
of Music with Simon Bainbridge.
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