Title: In that solitude
First performance: Christopher Leedham, Rich Powell | Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK | 08/03/2013
Publisher: Composers Edition
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness – for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.
From Spirits Of The Dead by Edgar Allan Poe (1827)
A fragment evokes many things: ideas of brevity, fragility and incompleteness may all come to mind. The existence of a fragment necessarily suggests the existence of a whole, of something it is taken from; but when we write musical fragments, more often than not they do not come from part of a larger whole, but instead complete a different picture in their arrangement an interaction. The ideas connected with the truly fragmented can be drawn upon to enter into a certain expressive world: by relating a piece to fragments, the listener is asked to complete the picture themselves. Thinking a little bit about what exactly a fragment of music is may be interesting when listening to this piece; it also may not. These four short movements for violin and piano are fragmentary in nature. Each movement – in many ways separate character pieces – takes a fragment of music and plays it, rotates it, and sometimes develops it.