Commissioned by the Dartington Summer School of Music
At The Edge Of Time was written in 1982 and was commissioned by Dartington Summer School of Music with funds provided by South West Arts. The work was slightly revised in 2009.
Six poems by Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) are set as a cycle and are all based on the musical material set out in the first song. Each song is complete in itself, and the sixth is made entirely of recollections of the previous five. The first two songs are played without a break, with brief pauses between the following four.
At the Edge of Time was written especially for Brian Burrows and Sir William Glock and is dedicated to them. They gave the first performance of the work in the Great Hall at Dartington on 27th July 1982.