"Sing me a song of Consolation" - for cello solo (2012)

A part of this work had been among my sketches for a few years already, not really knowing what to do with it. Was it going to be something for a cello concerto, which I had in mind? Or for a cello solo? Taking a gradual increasing interest in the early Baroque era, I came across the music of Sainte Colombe and Marin Marais. Their works for the viola da gamba incited me to write a solo work.
The part I already had, had now found its way into this nearly five-minute miniature (but not miniature in feeling, I hope)
I did want to put in some of the melancholic expressivity and the occasional (seeming) simplicity of Colombe's and Marais's music.


  Currently working on a work for      saxophone quartet, requested by      the Bron Saxophone Quartet.

  My latest work is "Ritual text      for the afterlife"  for women's          choir and tubular bells.
     Ancient Greek goldplates with      texts - recently  found in graves -      that were carried by the dead on      their journey to afterlife.

  In progress is a work of a much     bigger scale: Blodeuwedd,  a     dance poem for narrator,      singer/reciter, dancer and      ensemble. The poem is by the      Welsh poet Tony Conran.

  Another recent work (2016) is
     O me! O life!
(Walt Whitman) for      choir and string quintet.

  My Guitar sonata (1982) is      now being published by
     Editiones Eudora (Madrid),

  Draaf, Foekje. Draaf!

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