Looking Forward (2012)
Picc, Flute, Oboe/Cor Anglais, Bass Clarinet in Bb, 2 Bassoon, Horn in F, 2 Trumpet in Bb, Tam-Tam, Bass Drum, SSAATTBB, Celesta, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass, 6'
Looking Forward was written for the 20th anniversary of the Britten Sinfonia. and, at their request, dovetails with Henry Purcell’s setting of Psalm 102. I have chosen fragments from the same psalm to set in a harmonic landscape that alternates between drone-based diatonicism and more confusing chromaticism, stolen from Purcell’s keening and twisted vocal lines. Towards the end, fragments of the Purcell begin to peek through the texture, and the piece ends with an ambiguous, shimmering drone.