Solo Baritone, Cello, Piano (2010)
The work was composed for the final assignment of the NZSM Composition 201 paper, in 2010. It is for chamber trio of Baritone, Cello and Piano.
It explores the path of a trajectory. Leading from the opening Hexachord to its chromatic compliment (via one pitch at a time) – as shown below. While this enabled interesting pitch effects and harmonies it became fairly limiting at some points (and so the piece breaks the hexachord rule at a few points for dramatic effect).
Chromatic Compliment Hexachord
The piece also explores ‘Silence and Tension’. This is particularly seen in the opening page where the piano part combines the ambiguity of 9ths and 7ths with silence to create tension and a sense of freedom from metre.
The text is an excerpt from Troilus & Criseyde, by Geoffrey Chaucer and is kept in Chaucerian English (below).
His lighte goost ful blisfully is went
Up to the holughnesse of the eighthe spere,
In convers letying everich element;
And ther he saugh with ful avysement
The erratik sterres, herkenyng armonye
With sownes ful of heuenyssh melodie.
The following is a translation of the Chaucerian version.
His light spirit full blissfully is gone
Up to the wholeness of the eighth sphere,
In converse letting every element;
And there he saw with full contemplation
The erratic stars, listening among
With sounds full of celestial melody.