David Knotts - Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

A Sea-Green Partridge of April


Instrumentation: Oboe

Duration: 4'

First Performance: 17th September 1999, St Nicholas’ Chruch, Deptford. Performed by Julian West with sculpture by Victoria Rance and choreography by Clare Whistler.

Commissioned By: Part of the 1999 DeptfordX Festival.

A Sea-Green Partridge of April is based on an Albanian lament of the same name - Një thëllëzë e shkrar prilli. A husband laments the death of his beautiful wife, the “sea-green partridge of April”. Her death “turned off” the lights in his house; his life became dark; his heart and soul are broken.

This fantasy takes the form of a set of variations based around the the harmony of song.