String Orchestra

Suite for Strings No. 1 (2008)

Duration: 12'


1. Allegretto
2. Lento tranquillo
3. Allegro

Suite for Strings No. 1 is a three movement work for string orchestra.  It opens with a gentle, flowing melody in the first violins, which is extended and developed by the violas, then by cellos and bass.The second movement grows from a darker, veiled melody in lower strings.  I have tried here to capture the drifting, looming quality of mist on the moors.The work is rounded off with a lively, syncopated final movement.

First Movement

 

Second  Movement

 

Third  Movement

 

Suite for Strings No. 2 (2008)

Duration: 13'

1. Allegro Vivace
2. Andante più tranquillo
3. Vivace giocoso

Suite for Strings No. 2 is a three movement work for string orchestra.  The first movement was inspired by a Royal Exchange Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, which featured a glass mobile.  The melodic fragments twirl through different harmonic colours, as the glass decorations refracted different colours. I wrote the second movement on a train journey from Manchester through the Welsh Marches to Cardiff, looking out at the countryside on a grey, overcast day. For the final movement, I had in mind ballet dancers leaping with bouncing balls.

First Movement

 

Second Movement

 

Third Movement

 

Suite for Strings No. 3 (2010)

Duration: 24’

1. Con Brio
2. Largo cantabile
3. Allegro grazioso
4. Vivace



Suite for Strings No. 3 is a four movement work for string orchestra.  The first movement concerns the idea of opposition: exploring melodic and harmonic 2nds and 7ths, contradictory upper and lower strings, contrasting first and second subjects.  The English folk song 'One night as I lay on my bed' (featured in the folk songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams) is used as the second subject, chosen for this Suite as it highlights melodic 2nds and 7ths and an unconventional phrase structure. The second movement also explores melodic and harmonic 2nds and 7ths, but these are now yearning and sensual rather than oppositional.  Watch out for a couple of 'Finzi' moments! 



The third movement uses a traditional 'minuet and trio' form.  A simple, graceful theme is used in the minuet. The trio section drops into Eb major and the texture is influenced by that key (traditionally used for the Welsh national anthem 'Hen Wlad fy Nhadau') and by Vaughan William's arrangement of the Welsh folk tune 'Rhosymedre'. The concluding movement is an exuberant jig.

First Movement

 

Second Movement

 

Third Movement

 

Fourth Movement

 

Concordia Suite (2014)

See the Learners page for details.

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