Growing Space for Artefact

For scordatura violin. Commissioned by Psappha as part of their 'Coming for Violin' scheme. This piece attempts to find a new space for a found object to exist within. The object is a fragmented version of Josquin's motet Salve Regina for five voices. The new space, the geometrical structure of the nautilus shell, takes the form of a logarithmic spiral. As this space expands exponentially, the capacity for the motet fragments to resonate and become fixated also grows. This marries explorations in both ruinous musical constructs and naturally formed structures, the latter providing an organic and infinite habitat for the former.

Premiered by Benedict Holland at St Michael's Churhc, Ancoats, Manchester, Mar 2015.

Benedict Holland, Holy Name Church, Manchester, Feb 2018.