Two Elegies for string orchestra
1. Departure 2. Remembrance
Departure includes an optional part for offstage bell.
Remembrance to be recorded for future release on Toccata Classics.
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.