This is probably one of the stranger pieces that I’ve written. ‘French Concerto’ was originally commissioned and premiered by Trio Dauphine in France (with Marie van Rhijn playing harpsichord), and I then made a version for the instrumentation of the Omni Ensemble in New York (with Rebecca Pechefsky on harpsichord). Although all the music is original, and no pastiche intended, the piece deliberately plays around with the style of the French Clavicenists, and refracts it in different directions; beginning with a mosaic of ideas that gradually opens out into longer sections. The spirit is that of Watteau, Fragonard, of ‘jouissance’. This recording is from the Omni Ensemble’s concert.
French Concerto, audio
- London Blues 6 – recording June 12, 2018
- Serenata Notturna for guitar orchestra – premiere in Finland June 12, 2018
- Sound Sketches published by EVC Music Publications June 12, 2018
- Yoro in Madrid June 12, 2018
- Figures from Watteau – first performance June 12, 2018