Broken Line (2015)

for solo piano

Afrikosmos Book 6
Requested by and dedicated to Renee Reznek
Written during a residency at the Rockefeller Center Bellagio, June – July 2015
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Duration: 5'15"

Première

First performance: Wednesday 1 June 2016, 13h00; United Kingdom; Renee Reznek pianoperformance details.

Programme note

Broken Line is an essay in monody; the constant chordal elements simply propel the linear design. The overall image is of a line that proceeds despite all attempts to overwrite, divert or break it. It’s like those early Kandinskian lines that survive storms, cannons, knights on horses and crumbling castles. It is music with ragged edges and a silent core, a searching for inner silence. The enormous challenge to the performer is to identify that line and sustain it. It was composed during June-July 2015 at the Rockefeller Writers Centre in Bellagio. It was requested by the dedicatee Renee Reznek, and lasts just over 5 minutes.