Instrumentation

nine cellos

Availability

Score and parts for hire

Programme Notes

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

Palinode (nine cellos)

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Palinode (nine cellos)

St John's Smith Square (London, United Kingdom)

Alexander Baillie, Bremen Ensemble

Palinode (nine cellos)

Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Alexander Baillie, Bremen Ensemble

Palinode (nine cellos)

Church of St Mary the Great (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Alexander Baillie, Bremen Ensemble

Palinode (nine cellos)

Chelmsford Cathedral (Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom)

Alexander Baillie, Bremen Ensemble