Luke Bedford

for 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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