Programme Notes – Invocation

This nine-minute work was written for Le Yu and Ben Powell who gave the première at the Rosengart museum in Lucerne Switzerland in 2014. It is written in memory my godfather, one of my great mentors and lifelong friend of my father Micha Battsek who had died earlier that year. Micha had a loud and exuberant personality, so I thought I’d write something as contrasting as possible to how I remembered him, but a tribute to the inner tranquillity that people of such a generous disposition undoubtedly possess.