Orbus. (Fragment)
for string quartet
Programme note

This miniature was written in June 1995, in the wake of the death of my Father. Despite feeling unable to compose, this music nonetheless circled within my head repeatedly, and i eventually committed it to paper. It is a simple and fragile music, but unshakeable and born of inexpressible pain; in the words of the performance indication: “implacable, massive, tender”. The Latin word ‘orbus’ conveys the solitude following the death of a parent; ‘fragment’ implies the character of the music as well as being an accurate description of how i felt at the time.

The piece is dedicated to the memory of my Father.