Programme Notes – Tranquility (2009)

This short work is dedicated to Timothy Reynish and is a study in restraint, with the dynamic rarely above piano. This seven minute work projects a sense of loss but never descends into despair. At one point the members of the ensemble hum a canon based on the opening theme. The work ends with a sudden burst of birdsong that dies away with a repetition of two brass chords over which is written ‘Rest in Peace.’