Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for Michael Collins and the Dante Quartet
Commission awarded as part of the 2005 RPS Young Composers Award
for clarinet quintet
Christopher Mayo's Passed the Last River (2006) – inspired by the 1793 crossing of North America. Deftly telescoping a wide range of textures and sonorities into a compressed and always eventful exploration for clarinet quintet, it suggests that this Canadian-born composer, now in his mid-twenties, is a figure likely to make his mark before long.
- Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source (7 November 2006)
Passed the Last River was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for Michael Collins and the Dante Quartet and was first performed as part of the Cheltenham Festival, July 12, 2006. The commission was awarded as part of the 2005 RPS Young Composers Award.
Passed the Last River was inspired by the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie and his crossing of the North American continent in 1792-93.
July 12, 2006 - Michael Collins and the Dante String Quartet, Pittville Pumproom, Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham, UK
November 7, 2006 - Andrew Sparling and the Dante String Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London, UK
2006, BBC Radio 3