Broken Line (2015)

for piano

Afrikosmos Volume 6

Requested by and dedicated to Renée Reznek

Written during a residency at the Rockefeller Writers Center Bellagio, June – July 2015

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Duration: 5 minutes, 15 seconds


Recorded by Renée Reznek on 'From My Beloved Country' Prima Facie PFCD055


First performance: Wednesday 1 June 2016, 13h00; Parish Church of St John at Hampstead, Church Row, Hampstead, London NW3 6UU, United Kingdom; Renée Reznek piano.

Programme note

Broken Line is an essay in monody; the constant chordal elements simply propel the linear design. The overall image is of a line that proceeds despite all attempts to overwrite, divert or break it. It’s like those early Kandinskian lines that survive storms, cannons, knights on horses and crumbling castles. It is music with ragged edges and a silent core, a searching for inner silence. The enormous challenge to the performer is to identify that line and sustain it. It was composed during June-July 2015 at the Rockefeller Writers Centre in Bellagio. It was requested by the dedicatee Renee Reznek, and lasts just over 5 minutes.


Piano music