Connectivity (2008)

for cello and piano

Dedicated to Mark Troop

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score and instrumental part BD in preparation

Duration: 1 minute


Recorded by Friedrich Gauwerky and Daan Vandewalle on 'Michael Blake - The Philosophy of Composition' Wergo WER 7361 2


First performance: Saturday 6 September 2008; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Chamber Music Company (London).

Programme note

Connectivity reconnects the chords of Louange à l’éternité de Jésus, the fifth movement of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps, in new ways that Messiaen may have thought of but never used, or may not have thought of at all. It is one of 8 minute-long pieces which opened the Messiaen Centenary Concert at the New Music Indaba 2008. I remember that at the time ‘connectivity’ was a fashionable state of (non)being on the Unisa Sunnyside campus where I was teaching, because of constant server and other communication failures. The Chamber Music Company of London gave the first performance on 6 September 2008 in the Atrium of Wits University, Johannesburg.


Chamber music