Michael Edwards

Cabiri Fragments

Programme Note

Cabiri Fragments was written at the request of Alwynne Pritchard, who was directing a new music ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music in London at the time. Most of the musical ideas were culled from my earlier piece Cabiri, which was considered too difficult to play when I showed it to performers. The process of composition was one of taking my favourite, often disparate ideas from the earlier piece and reworking, simplifying and re-instrumentating them for the new ensemble. The result is not exactly a patchwork, but nevertheless offers numerous different musical textures in a relatively short space of time.