A Garland for Guthlac (Flourish, Theme and Versets)
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Commissioned by Peter Davies, Director of Music, St Guthlac's Church, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire to celebrate the restoration of the 1881 William Hill organ.
"In composing the work, I was governed always by G major/minor, favourite key colours for me, which also stands for Guthlac. Second, I sought archaic forms, underscoring Guthlac’s antiquity. Thus, I wrote an initial Flourish (to greet Guthlac’s spirit at the West Door of his “new Parish Church”) followed by a strong, modal/minor tune, metrical but displaying the contour of plainsong, on which I based a series of short versets, recounting episodes in Guthlac’s life and recording his sheer distance from our time. The work concludes with a reiteration of Guthlac’s Flourish, welcoming him into his heavenly home".