Two Elegies for string orchestra
1. Departure 2. Remembrance
Departure includes a part for optional handbell.
Remembrance can be performed as a separate item.
The second of these two pieces was written first, for a recording project devised by my friend Martin Anderson who had asked various composers to write pieces in memory of his partner Yodit. Shortly after having written my piece, which I entitled Remembrance, I heard of the death of Peter Maxwell Davies, a composer who meant a lot to me in my youth. I therefore decided to write a companion piece (Departure) whose somewhat sombre mood balanced the more wistful character of Remembrance. Together, the two pieces form a contrasted diptych of mourning and reflection.