Palinode

(1992)

by Colin Matthews

Description
Solo cello
Duration
10
Genres
Cello
Commission
Commissioned by Pamela Hind O'Malley with funds from Eastern Arts
First Performance
29.7.92, Cambridge Festival, St Edward's Church,Cambridge: Pamela Hind O'Malley
Availability

Score 0-571-51340-9 on sale

Programme Notes
Palinode Commissioned by Pamela Hind O'Malley with funds from Eastern Arts. A Palinode is, in poetry, a recantation, or more simply, second thoughts. The term applies twice over to this work, since in the first place it reflects the fact that, having set out to write a series of short studies for solo cello, I became distracted by a study in slow tempo, and this became – contrary to my original intention – the basis of the whole piece. But it also relates to the contrast between this work and my orchestral piece Broken Symmetry, completed a week or so before I began work on Palinode, and whose 200 pages of hectic activity last only just over twice the length of the four pages of this score. Palinode consists in effect, of a sequence of variations on the opening melody, rising gradually to a climax which quite quickly dies away. Colin Matthews

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‘Colin Matthews’s Palinode, the best music on the disc, is an eloquent and dramatic set of variations using double-stopping almost throughout.’ International Record Review (Michael Oliver), July/August 2001 Read more

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