Ascension 2 comes from a now abandoned cycle of works. Each piece in the cycle was going to have a kind of ‘gravitational force’ – something that pulled musical elements in one direction. This was my first exploration into music that wasn’t traditionally goal-driven. In hindsight, the ‘gravity’ approach was not the simplest to adopt (hence abandoning the cycle). However, this solo piano piece survived the process. In it I use only major scales, which are layered, staggered and arranged to create different textures and patterns. I wanted to take something very directional, something with a pre-given trajectory (working towards the tonic note) and to pull the ‘centre of gravity’ into new regions. The aim and the method were incredibly simple and a kind of compositional exploration on my part. The result was something very beautiful.
7 – 9 minutes
June 2006: Peter Bradley-Fulgoni, University of Leeds
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