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Retrace (mixed sextet)

Here is a short piece written for the Masters Ensemble, which was recently performed at the Royal College of Music. It was inspired by a story a friend once told – thanks, Roxana! This piece was first performed at the Masters Ensemble Concert in the Parry Rooms of the Royal College of Music, London on…


Camera Obscura (string quartet)

Camera Obscura is a composition for string quartet and and is a kind of homage to light, relating the process of capturing and recording light to music. It is in three movements: Movement 1: A camera‚Äôs blinding flash leaves a series of blurry images that slowly move and blend into a more recognisable lifeform within…


The Baroque Problem of Time

I was reading a book today called Neo-Baroque: A Sign of the Times by Omar Calabrese (Princeton, 1992). Calabrese, an Italian semiologist, gives numerous examples of a prevailing ‘neo-baroque’ taste in today’s culture. Here are a couple of quotes that stood out as I was reading: Early on in the book he defines ‘variation on…


Xenakis: Time Travelling Tragedy

Continuing on the theme of Time in music, a thought on the music of Xenakis: ‘Ultimately, it seems Xenakis’ spirit was consumed by the music that is outside the scope of Time, but it is also clear that he was fascinated by the effect of pure rhythm and the prosody of language to awaken our…