Duration: c. 5 minutes, 10 seconds
First performance: May 1980; Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, United Kingdom; Goldsmiths Contemporary Music Ensemble, Michael Blake conductor.
In August 1976 I joined the Peter Maxwell Davies composition class at the Dartington Summer School, where this piece began life as a project to be workshopped by the Fires of London. The remit was quite simple: to move from one harmonic region to another. My fascination at that time with Morton Feldman’s first fully notated pieces of the 1970s was an important inspiration for the soundworld of this piece. It was first performed publicly by the Goldsmiths Contemporary Music Ensemble at my final concert with them in May 1980.