Palinode (nine cellos)


nine cellos
String Ensemble
nine cellos
First Performance
23.6.1999, Chelmsford Cathedral, Chelmsford, Essex, UK: Alexander Baillie/Bremen Ensemble

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Colin Matthews Palinode 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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