Deganwy/Conwy

Shocklach Diary Mvt.2 for solo piano

--- Martin Bussey

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Shocklach Diary Mvt.2 for solo piano

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Composer Martin Bussey
Year of Composition 2017
Duration 5'30"
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Second of a set of six short pieces for piano which stem from moving in 2015 to a converted Methodist Chapel on the borders of Cheshire and Wales. Border lands have long been a strong interest. Links between place and music are hard to define and seldom absolute, but they form a common strand in much music that has influenced me. History reflected in music is another significant interest, present particularly in works such as Mary’s Hand, my monodrama about Mary 1, and my work exploring the life and poetry of Ivor Gurney, Severn Meadows.

‘Deganwy/Conwy’ reflects the contrast between the sturdy, intact remains of Conwy Castle, represented by block chords in both hands in a chromatic idiom, and the barely evident ruins of Deganwy Castle, on opposite sides of the estuary, reflected in a plaintive, undulating melody.