The inspiration for this work came from watching my son Jonathan playing a gyroscope game. From this came the idea of a constant working of a small motif that changes, yet has a direction all of its own.
In Impression I quote from a folksong of the Yi-Zu minority of China. This song becomes the reflective moment of the piece, but also the apathetic and indifferent element which stays neutral regardless of the activity surrounding it.
This piece pays homage to Nathanael Johannes Ta Wei Dejong.
Following on from a ‘Zodiac’ theme I began in 1999, whereby I wrote pieces for musician friends and used their birthday numbers as a starting point (along with the characteristics of their astrological sun-sign and the actual instrument they play or voice-part they sing), the intervals in this work relate to the numbers in Douglas Mews’ birthday. The subtitle ‘Organis Plagalis’ refers to the fact that the piece is essentially a very decorated and elongated plagal cadence.