. . . 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.

WORK for CELLO AND PERCUSSION 

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