Third Epistle to Timothy


Score (.pdf) / Recording (Dublin String Quartet, Bantry, 30th June 2010)

This piece was one of three winners in the West Cork Composition Competition 2010.

programme note

The main ideas in this work are informed by the extension of modal frameworks and ornamentation systems used in Irish traditional music. These weave in and out of static harmonic blocks and solo phrases via highly polyphonic sections and are recalled in hypnagogic fashion throughout. The strong emphasis behind all the emotive force in the piece is the recollection of old ways, both musically and culturally in Ireland. This piece empathises with the structure, language and sentiment in Paul Muldoon’s poem Third Epistle to Timothy, from which it also takes its name.