I’ve decided to call my new piece Slow Tide.
The idea probably comes from when I lived right by the sea, in Fife, and was often hypnotised by the long, slow, incremental creep of the tide, pulling back under even as it rolls forwards. The two pianos have a push-me pull me relationship which makes the same kind of progress – slow to the point of motionless, but inexorable. And behind them the two percussionists are caught up in slowly evolving tide-tables of their own. I’m really looking forward to the first performance, by pianists David Christophersen and Vivien Choi, and percussionists Peter Britton and Derek Scurll, in West Road Concert Hall.