for flute (=picc), clarinet (=bcl), percussion, piano, violin and violoncello
In its earliest incarnation, Sturzstrom was a piece for clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), percussion, 'cello and piano and was first performed in this form on 27 October 2008 at Kettle's Yard Gallery at the University of Cambridge. It was subsequently revised for performance by the Ossian Ensemble and now also exists in a version which adds flute (doubling piccolo) and violin.
The piece is broadly concerned with carving narrative structures out of more abstract overlapping patterns of metre, rhythm, pitch and gesture. The repeated downward cascades of these gestural patterns also prompted the title for the work—a sturzstrom (from the German sturz - fall, and strom - stream) is a relatively rare form of landslide.
October 29, 2008 - Camberwell Composers' Collective, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK
November 7, 2008 - Camberwell Composers' Collective, Faster Than Sound, Kings Place, London, UK
June 7, 2009 - Ossian Ensemble, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK
July 8, 2009 - Ossian Ensemble, Royal College of Music, London, UK
January 24, 2014 - Land's End Ensemble, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
July 26, 2016 - Violet Collective, New Music Edmonton, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Edmonton, AB