repose III (2018)

for Baroque chamber ensemble (of any number of players)


c. 4'


Mar 2018, Royal College of Music, London

Ethan Rouse (viola), Mafalda Ramos (flute), Henriette Poos (harp), Iain Hall (recorder), Sacha Bertrand (clavichord)

Score & parts available upon request; preview score here

Programme note

repose III was composed for Consort 21, a historical performance chamber ensemble formed with a keen interest in performing contemporary repertoire. Led by Jane Chapman, the Consort comprises students at the Royal College of Music who meet weekly for rehearsals in Spring term, culminating in a showcase concert. This year, the concert took place in the Farinelli room on 16 Mar.

In this piece, a fragment from ‘Loure’ of J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 (for solo violin), BWV 1006 is reposed in a new context. Musicians are encouraged to extemporise variations based upon — and reposed on — the fragment. We hear moments of ornamental floridity arising from the collective improvisation, and also points of simple clarity.

I have posted an essay regarding my compositional thought process for this piece.