Hymn and Variations (1978)

for string quartet

African Journal No 1
Dedicated to Stanley and Liz Glasser
Duration: c. 7'45"

Programme note

Sometime in early 1978 I heard Stravinsky's Octet in a concert by the London Sinfonietta (in St John's Smith Square, where the brass resonated beautifully), and the "Theme and Variations" fired me up to write my own variations on a hymn, which I finished in the summer when house sitting for Stanley and Liz Glasser. While Stravinsky's "Theme and Variations" are very reminiscent of Kurt Well, mine - the theme in particular - are modelled on, and quite reminiscent of, Stravinsky.”