Title: Five Aphorisms
First performance: Kreutzer Quartet, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK (29/06/2010)
Publisher: Composers Edition
In this piece, one four-note cell forms the basis of the material which is expanded in different ways in each aphorism. Within each micro-movement, the chosen permutation of the cell is used in various forms with differing degrees of abstraction, but always keeping the specific quality of its soundworld tangible. Each aphorism uses individual fragments which act as themes within their short time scale. There is overlap in this thematic material between each aphorism, furthering the unity created by the underlying single cell.