Mival, W. (2015) Correntandemente. [Composition]


For mixed chamber ensemble of 16 players, duration 11 minutes 30 seconds. This piece was premiered on 14 November 2015 in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, performed by RCM New Perspectives, conducted by Timothy Lines. The score is available to purchase from, and a recording is available on SoundCloud via the audio tab below. "In June 2012 I found myself in hospital. I lay there for five weeks – alone, in an isolation room and with virtually no other stimulation apart from reading: No music, no radio and no TV. This personal stillness however was subject to constant and irregular interruption, from nurses, cleaners, phlebotomists and, of course, consultants. This music isn’t in any way about that experience. But something of the contrast between those bursts of frantic activity and my own near complete physical (and spiritual) inertia has perhaps somehow gifted its shape. A flow is repeatedly compromised, and on a range of levels. When activity does resume one might reasonably question both its aim and its purpose. Correntandemente (the word is entirely invented – a quasi-Italian neologism which probably wouldn’t translate) is scored for sixteen players and might perhaps last for around 11 minutes." © William Mival

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