• Bass Clarinet
  • 13 min

Programme Note

Tesserae F is one of a number of pieces for mainly solo instruments, each of which explores in very different ways the formal and intervallic properties of an Anglican hymn tune by Hubert Parry, (1848-1918).

Here the expressive intention was to evoke a spectral mood in which, as in a dream, the same images constantly recur in varied combinations.

Its subtitle, 'Domination of Black', is taken from an early poem by Wallace Stevens which re-cycles a number of images; hemlock trees laden with snow, the flames of a winter fireside, the harsh cry of peacocks, with the aim of creating by obsessive variation and repetition a scene in which it is the sound itself which provides the sense and sensation of the poem.

My music has a similar aim.

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