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Sov Godt (for Pål)

(2024)

for four string orchestras

Duration 11 minutes

Based on the opening bars of the final movement of J.S. Bach’s Johannespassion, Sov Godt (for Pål) for four string orchestras is a meditation on rest, recuperation, love and hope. It was written at a difficult time when my family has been unable to be together and when my grandson Pål has been extremely unwell – the music brings together many emotions.

 

Westron Wynde

Orchestra

2015

Duration: 8’45”

Scored for four clarinets, organ, piano and strings, Westron Wynde is is a contemplation derived from the Sanctus from John Sheppard’s mass of the same name. The music unfolds across three panels and depicts a vast empty landscape. Two brief extracts from Sheppard’s Sanctus can be heard as the music progresses, the first stated by the clarinets, the second, at a distance, by a string quartet.

Mesto

2023

for String Orchestra

Duration 8′

Originally written for string quartet, Mesto is a study in melancholy. Using a diatonic palette, the strings pivot around a central harmony with the upper and lower parts mirroring one another as they expand outwards from the centre.

Score and parts available for purchase or hire

Priest – Mesto (sample)

Altopiano (Chamber Ensemble Version)

October 2020

Duration: 5’15”

2 clarinets in Bb, violin, violoncello, pianoforte

 

This is music for the spaces between breaths, for the moments when the world slows and introspection reigns. Let it wash over you, a balm for the restless soul, a refuge for the weary mind. Each note, a falling leaf, a sigh on the wind, weaving a spell of serenity around the listener. Close your eyes, and let the music carry you away on a tide of peaceful reflection to a sanctuary for the wandering mind, a haven for the restless heart. Step inside, and allow the music to cradle you in its gentle embrace. 

Score available here

Parts available on request