Lauda (con sordino)

Description: 

Duration 10’
Dedication: Audrey Riley
Instrumentation: solo cello, piano, optional electric guitar
First Performance: Djanogly Hall Nottingham, October 3rd 2002

Lauda (con sordino)

This short piece for cello and piano, with an optional part for electric guitar, was written specially for Audrey Riley, who has performed pieces of mine on a number of occasions in the past - notably with Icebreaker (The Archangel Trip) and with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Biped). The optional guitar part is for James Woodrow who has been a member of my ensemble for almost ten years and whose playing I love.

Over the last year or so I have begun to write a number of pieces for unaccompanied voice based on the texts and format of the "lauda", a large collection of which appears in a manuscript collection from 13th century Cortona. These were quasi-religious (but non-liturgical) songs which were sung outside churches and in other public places.  In setting these texts  I do not imitate the style of the original but rather the spirit and form. As these were in my mind at the time I wrote the piece for Audrey I modified the form - adding accompaniment, parallel lines and so on - while attempting to retain the purity and austerity of the original.

The piece is dedicated to Audrey.

 

Lauda (con sordino) - viola version

This short piece, originally for cello and piano, with an optional part for electric guitar, was commissioned by cellist Audrey Riley, and the optional guitar part is for James Woodrow who has been a member of my ensemble for ten years and whose playing I love.

Over the last year or so I have begun to write a number of pieces for unaccompanied voice based on the texts and format of the "lauda", a large collection of which appears in a manuscript collection from 13th century Cortona. These were quasi-religious (but non-liturgical) songs which were performed outside churches and in other public places.  In setting these texts  I do not imitate the style of the original but rather the spirit and form. As these were in my mind at the time I wrote this piece I modified the form - adding accompaniment, parallel lines and so on - while attempting to retain the purity and austerity of the original.

This version for solo viola was written for a performance in Valencia in 2003 and was revised for a subsequent performance in Bolzano.