Shocklach Stars

Shocklach Diary Mvt.1 for solo piano

--- Martin Bussey

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Shocklach Diary Mvt.1 for solo piano

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Composer Martin Bussey
Year of Composition 2017
Duration 5'50"

Student Difficulty int-adv
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-mb2ss1


First 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.

Shocklach Stars was born of a clear, dark night soon after moving to Shocklach. Returning from taking a choir rehearsal, I was struck by the darkness of the night sky which enabled stars to be seen so clearly in a very small village with no significant external lighting, and by the complete silence that prevails. This is represented in delicate piano textures consisting of wide spaces between thematic ideas in both right and left hands underpinned by sustained pedal notes.