Commissioned by Psappha Ensemble and the Anthony Burgess Foundation and first performed at the Anthony Burgess Foundation on the 4th July 2014 by Psappha Ensemble, conducted by the composer.
trombone | congas | double bass (amplified)
Dots is a homage to the witty poem Words Getting in the Way by Anthony Burgess. In his writing, the protagonist, overwhelmed by the complexity of language, is unable to express his love, reflecting on Burgess’s tongue in cheek attitude to both his life and work. In my piece, the poem is retold with the notated music ‘getting in the way’. I have also brought out the physical suggestions in the poem by modelling the composition on a lively and sensual Cuban dance , the Guaguanco. As well as musical characteristics from Latin America, I have also drawn upon jazzy flavours featured in a number of compositions by Anthony Burgess.
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Performance from the premiere by Psappha Ensemble
4th July 2014 - Psappha Ensemble, Anthony Burgess Foundation
13 June 2018 - Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall