Cello/Orchestra (2013)


Transcription of The Philosophy of Composition (2009)
Dedicated to Friedrich Gauwerky
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Duration: 9'15"

Programme note

Composers regularly start with beginnings, which may or may not remain beginnings, but I chose to start this piece by composing the end. Secretly I just wanted to follow the process Edgar Allan Poe use for his classic poem 'The Raven', which he sets out in the 1846 essay 'The Philosophy of Composition'. So in my piece, originally for cello and piano, I tried to find a way back from a tiny Messiaen homage written the year before. As it happens I ended up working backwards from, or towards, something completely different. I transcribed The Philosophy of Composition as Cello/Orchestra in 2013 as a gift for Friedrich Gauwerky. It lasts about 9 minutes.