This Saturday 21 November, Heather Roche will be giving the première of Martin Iddon’s Sapindales. The concert will be broadcast live from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on BBC Radio 3, at 10pm.
In 2013, Heather Roche asked me for a piece for bass clarinet, which became Ptelea (2014), part of my hamadryads sequence of pieces, each one of which is named for a particular hamadryad, in Ptelea’s case the hamadryade bonded to the elm, and each of which derives its musical material from Josquin’s Nymphes des bois. In 2015, Rob Philips composed a piece for Heather which responded to Ptelea, ‘generalising’ some of what it did, calling his piece Rutaceae, that is, the name of the family to which the elm belongs. Sapindales (2016–20) is a further ‘generalisation’ of the material shared by Ptelea and Rutaceae, a simplification and condensation of the original material, but also an expansion, not least in scale, but also possibility.
The sapindales are the order of flowering plants to which the rutaceae family belongs, and includes citrus, maples, horse-chestnuts, lychees, mangoes, frankincense, and myrrh. The fixed media part for the piece was recorded at Moorlands Nature Reserve in York, at the site of a felled snake bark maple.Martin Iddon, York, 7 July 2020
Sapindales was written as a part of the ‘Somatic Music’ research network, which is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and led by Björn Heile at the University of Glasgow.
Composers Edition is looking forward to publishing Sapindales shortly after its première.