Piano Quintetforces: Violoncello, Viola, 2 Violins, Piano
duration: Ca 40'00"
published by: Composer
This work was first performed at the 1988 Cornhill Festival, London. It received its US première in April 1993 when it was performed in revised form at the Smithsonian Institution (later also Washington National Cathedral) by members of the Smithsonian’s resident Twentieth Century Ensemble. Before this concert the composer was interviewed live onstage by the senior British composer Nicholas Maw (then resident in Washington). A optimistic three-movement work, the Quintet is currently undergoing extensive revision which consists principally of complete rewriting of the finale, slight shortening of the slow movement (placed second) and the addition of a ternary scherzo movement (placed third). The opening bars of the work make deliberate reference to a phrase heard in the Corale section of the Concerto for Orchestra (1954) by Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994).