Commissioned by the Manson Ensemble
for piccolo, oboe, clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass
Godfrey Ho is a Hong Kong-based film director best known for his 1980’s martial arts films. The films are noteworthy for having been created with an incredible frugality of material. Ho would save money by generating several films out of the same basic footage. He achieved this by cutting and splicing shots together in a variety of configurations, interspersing footage from other films (whether or not they were his own) and over-dubbing new dialogue. Through this technique, he was able to create up to five different films within the budget of a single production.
Godfrey draws its material from my portion of the oratorio 25 Brook Street. This oratorio, written in collaboration with Charlie Piper, Mark Bowden and Larry Goves, was commissioned by Handel House Museum to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel. Godfrey is not a suite per se but rather a reworking and reinterpretation of harmonic and melodic fragments from 25 Brook Street. The work is named after Godfrey Ho in acknowledgement of his astonishing aptitude for creating new works from pre-existing material.
June 20, 2009 - Manson Ensemble, Tim Murray, conductor, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Festival, Snape, UK
February 13, 2010 - Ensemble de musique contemporaine, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Véronique Lacroix, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada