. . . beyond the reach of the world . . . (2009) 17'

- Duo Version -

Soloist(s): Violoncello and Percussion

Commissioned by: Woodend Arts Association with funding from the Scottish Arts Council.

Availability: Contact the composer for performance materials

First performance: 14th November 2009

Rohan de Saram (cello) and Suren de Saram (percussion) at the Aberdeen Art Gallery as part of the Sound Festival.


This is really two works in one: it can be performed as a duo for cello and percussion (17 minutes), or as a version for solo cello (16 minutes). 

The cellist Rohan de Saram initiated the idea for me to write a work for Cello and Percussion, with a second version just for solo cello. The addition of the percussion (marimba, drums, other instruments) has afforded me the opportunity to look at the same musical material from a new standpoint and create an ‘enlarged’ version. The duo version lasts somewhat longer than the solo version.

Projection of two further versions: In the slightly more distant future, I see a possibility of yet another version of the work: cello with flute, and cello with live electronics, perhaps with a view to a much larger work for multi-media involving additionally voice, a second cello, electronics and film/video projection. 

Watch excerpts from this work along with work by other composers at the London performance of UNCHARTED: by Joby Burgess and Matthew Sharp, 7 November 2011, King's Place, London