duration: 7 minutes
I find the sound of unaccompanied cello particularly inviting, and associate
it with several beautiful or atmospheric places where I have heard performances
of the Bach suites. It's a sound which seems to fill space to special
effect, and I tried to capture this unique sonority in the final (slow)
movement of Praeludium. In all, the piece
lasts around 7 minutes and is in three movements, though the first of
these itself subdivides into two distinct halves. The opening owes something
to the manner of an Indian alap, in which notes are introduced one by
My musical roots lie in the Sixties: piano lessons, choral singing,
concert-going, my interests widening into pop and world musics, and my first
degree at York University. My professional career since then has been in
book publishing, especially as an editor and designer of music for the educational
market; but latterly I have been working my composing up to a more proficient
level, and I am now studying for the PhD at Exeter with Philip Grange.
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