Rise is written in a single movement which gradually and almost imperceptibly undergoes a very gradual, almost imperceptible, process of organic change. In the piece, a reversal of sorts takes place, with the clarinet line gradually moving towards the more linear type of material used in the opening piano part and vice versa. The string parts "ghost" the piano writing, always playing slightly ahead or behind this central line and looped into a series of overlapping, cyclic patterns. The piece was commissioned by and dedicated to ensemble plus minus who gave the first performance during the 2002 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Bryn Harrison UK

Bryn Harrison was born in 1969 and grew up in the Lancashire town of Bolton. After studying for a degree at the City of Leeds College of Music, Harrison turned his attention more seriously to experimental composition and went on to undertake a Master’s degree with Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester. Throughout his twenties and early thirties Harrison produced a steady output of solo and ensemble works and in the process developed an individual approach to dealing with time as a circular and repeating entity. His work came to the attention of several international ensembles such as Ensemble Recherche, Klangforum Wien, the London Sinfonietta, the London Symphony Orchestra and Apartment House with notable performances and radio broadcasts at international festivals both in the UK and abroad. More recently, Harrison has developed a close working relationship with the Anglo-Belgian ensemble Plus Minus, the Norwegian group Asamisimasa, the internationally-acclaimed ELISION, and the vocal ensemble Exaudi. Harrison is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield from where he was awarded a PhD by Publication in 2007.  His recent output has seen the further development of recursive musical structures with a series of compositions of long duration such as the 45 minute ensemble work Repetitions in Extended Time (2008).

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Bryn Harrison