An elegiac piece for alto flute and piano
- Op.27 No.2c
- 3 minutes
- For Rachel Smith
This piece is a reworking of the song An end from the composer's song cycle …too bitter sweet, (Op.27) and takes its title from a line in the Rossetti poem, which suggests an overall mood of regret and nostalgia.
Based on a rising minor arpeggio in an E modal minor tonality, the main theme is varied slightly on each statement. Likewise the secondary motif, first heard in bars 27-30, is presented differently each time.
Wistful throughout and unashamedly melodic, the flute part is in constant dialogue with the piano accompaniment.
- 7 August 2009 at St Lawrence Jewry Church, next Guildhall, London EC2. Rachel Smith (flute)
- 24 June 2017 St Peter's Church, Barrowden, Rutland UK. Rachel Smith (alto flute)