I’ve just had a composition lesson with Benjamin Oliver; he suggested that this piece perhaps needed one more strain of material running through it. Here is the score / computer audio before I tackled this! What do you think?
The piece will be premiered on June 30th at Royal Academy of Music as one of their 200 PIECES Anniversary Commissions by Sofiia Matviienko.
Here is the programme note:
When Sofiia and I met in January 2022, she spoke of how she had eluded the presumptions and expectations of many in her immediate rural community when becoming a musician. Through her flute playing, she found a distinct voice and direction, combining her heart for home with reaching past what had automatically been imagined for her.
I wanted to write something as a means to purely express, to take up space, to venture. I wanted to write something as simple and as beautiful as I could.
On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine. On that day, my purpose in writing this piece became an expression of love, pain, and solidarity with Sofiia and Ukraine.