The Mavron Quartet give two performances of my recent quartet, footsteps quiet in the shadows next week. It’s based both on a poem by Francesca Kay (from which the title is taken) and on the mysterious second movement of Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto – just two simple chords of A minor and B major. No one knows what Bach meant – he may have intended it as the basis for a cadenza or improvisation.
The Mavron Quartet are including an
arrangement of Bach’s Concerto in the concerts, but the arranger
has left the chords out! I had the leviathan task of writing out
parts for the whole
second movement (see below) – it must have taken all of ten minutes
I’m thrilled that Francesca will
also read her poem before both performances – if you fancy buying a
copy of the collection from which it is taken, you can find her at
Wales Millennium Centre this weekend selling it along with lots of
other Christmas goodies (see Francesca’s blog - ).
The performances are on Wednesday
11 December at Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye at 7.30pm (tickets
Sunday 15 December in the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre at the
National Museum of Wales at 11.30am.