Quirk No.1 – ‘Show me those Jazz Hands’ (2001)
Quirk No.1a for flute and clarinet
Premiered by Concorde (Madeline Staunton (flute) and Paul Roe (clarinet). Goethe Institute, Dublin, December 2001.
Quirk No.1b for violin and cello
Premiered by Michael Jorgensen (violin) and Adrianne Winninsky (cello). Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, May 2004.
The premiere occurred very shortly after my mother passed away.
I re-arranged it in 2004 for violin and cello for members of an ensemble I started up at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where I did my Masters in Composition.
The MIDI version of this piece was the last piece of music of mine that my mother heard. When she heard it she said it sounded to her like a butterfly and a bee dancing in the air above the traffic.
I’ll leave that image as the programme note for this piece in her memory.
RIP Joan Jennings.