This portfolio is concerned with two new developments in my composition. Firstly, I have incorporated theatrical techniques in addition to and as an enhancement of my purely sonic writing. Secondly, I have aimed to engage with, and attempt to clearly communicate a central concept with each piece. This commentary outlines the various inspirations behind these […]

I was recently very fortunate to have had my piece Murphy vs Mr Endon. Written for 2 pianists, 2 silent actors, and a narrator, it is a depiction of a chess game. I say depiction and not representation very deliberately. In my initial planning, throughout the compositional process, and during the performance, my intention was not to give the audience some idea of a chess game. Rather, I wanted to present it very literally, perhaps even engage the audience and draw them into the game, rather than have them simply sitting through another new music concert.