Resonate: Nodding Trilliums and Curve Lined Angles by Benedict Mason
About the piece
‘Nodding Trilliums and Curve Lined Angles’, written in 1990, provides a fascinating insight into Mason’s increasing interest at that time in polyrhythmic structures and the melding of synthetic and acoustic colours. It is typically virtuosic and complex through its deployment of concertante textures, and is at times abrasive and cutting, and at others, naïve and sensitive. The whimsical sounding title refers simply to the flora and fauna of Western Massachusetts and has nothing to do with Chaos theory.
About the composer
Benedict Mason came to composition relatively late, having studied film-making after graduating from King’s College, Cambridge. His work embraces many aspects of post-modern diversity, including electronics, exploration of polyrhythms and video. Of particular importance in Mason’s work are spatial considerations and since the 1990s he has written a series of works for specific venues, generically entitled ‘Music for Concert Halls’.
Championed by London Contemporary Orchestra