Three Movements for CoMA is made up of repeating layers of music which overlap and intertwine. Every movement takes the same repeating melody as its starting point and follows the same journey of the chords slowly opening out and filling up, before collapsing back down to where they started. Although I decided which layers start roughly where in order to create these overall shapes of a gradual build and climax, beyond that the different instruments can choose themselves which layers they play and decide when to come in and out. I’ve always loved writing for mixed ensembles and the challenge of making a piece for flexible instrumentation for me felt like really clarifying what was most important about the piece – what its central journey and shape was – whole then leaving it up to the ensemble playing it to decide what the textures and colours would be. KW
Commissioned for the Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2020
First performed at the People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London by CoMA Festival Allcomers on Sunday 8th March 2020
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