David Knotts - Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

…and fall and rise, and fall and rise again…

Text:

Instrumentation: Oboe & Piano.

Duration: 10'

First Performance: June 1995, St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney, Nicholas Daniel and Julius Drake.

Commissioned By: 1995 St Magnus Festival.

The work was first performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Julius Drake (piano) in St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney, as part of the 1995 St Magnus festival. The title is a quotation from the penultimate paragraph of The Waves (1931): ‘Yes, this is the eternal renewal, the incessant rise and fall and fall and rise again’. Knotts notes that it ‘was one of my first professional commissions: I was very interested at the time in the idea of the organic as a governing principle in creative work and I wrote a number of pieces which took Woolf as formal models. I was very interested in the way that her prose grows seamlessly - organically – and it was something I was keen to reflect’. [Programme note by Emma Sutton]