i. Little Continuum
The Continuum is a 90th birthday present for Elliott Carter, an attempt to encapsulate some of the energy of a remarkable man (‘little’ because it forms part of my larger Continuum, completed in 2000).
Chris van Kampen was one of the first professional musicians I met, in 1968; a piece of mine for the Nash Ensemble, Elegiac Chaconne, was the last new work he played, shortly before his death in September 1997. As a tribute to him, I have recomposed it for a much larger ensemble, although the cello remains silent. Chris’s musicianship and his commitment to new music were beyond praise.
The Two Tributes were composed as a gift to the London Sinfonietta who gave the first performance under Oliver Knussen in 2000.