Moss Gardens (2022) - No.1 - Harp and Tenor Recorder (PDF score)
Mosses form an often overlooked but critical aspect of ecosystems the world over, and in the UK, in particular in the borderlands of the Marches where I grew up, and at the gateway to the Yorkshire dales where I now live, Mosses define the landscape through their rich tapestry of green hues and their ubiquity on rain-drenched hillsides.
A part of the ‘natural world’ which is just as at home in cities as in the fields, Mosses and their cousins represent some of our closest plant-life neighbours, however their intricate structures, unusual reproductive habits (moss spores can swim), and intimate entanglement with micro and macro-climate systems usually pass without comment. Through generating sonic works inspired by mosses, I hope to gently guide the attention of audiences towards the smaller things, and to foster an interest in nature which could reasonably be explored in both rural and urban environments.
This work is written for Tenor Recorder and Harp. Both players should read from the full score (there are no parts). Originally, the piece was recorded using a 22-string lute-harp, but it can be performed on any harp which has 22 or more strings which can be individually tuned. The recorder part can be played on instruments with or without low-C# keys.
This score is provided as a downloadable PDF.