"A suite of five movements with some characteristic or aspect of the flowers named
being represented by a musical idea.
2. Water Lily
The idea of writing a group of Flower Pieces for cello and organ came about because the spiky
rhythms and biting semitone clashes of the first piece, originally called ostinato , suggested a
Cactus. A suite of five movements with some characteristic or aspect of the flowers named
being represented by a musical idea was written in the spring of 1992.
The pieces were revised in 2018 and at this time an entirely new Poppy piece was written.
Each piece has a conventional musical design and is not just an exercise in musical
impressionism; the ostinato feature of Cactus has already been mentioned, Water Lily is a
rondo, Ivy a fughetta, Poppy a simple ABA structure and Coltsfoot , with a pun on the name
of the flower, a galloping scherzo.
In their revised form, the Flower Pieces were given their first performance in St Michael s church,
Arvika, Sweden, in the autumn of 2019, with Andreas Wetås Jara playing the cello part.
The sparing use of dynamics in the score should not be taken to indicate that this dimension of
expression is unimportant. Balance between the two instruments will be of major concern to
performers but a good deal of flexibility within the dynamic level indicated which should be
regarded only as a generalized idea of the level is both advised and encouraged. Additional
dynamic shades may be introduced if players find these enhance their music-characterization and
where they can be satisfactorily balanced.
Variety in colour and texture are encouraged in the organ part. In a few places contrasting manual
registrations are indicated. There will certainly be others where, although nor specified, similar
contrasts may effectively be used. Although the use of pedals in the organ part is required only in
Water Lily (at 8 foot at the start, please note), organists may employ pedals with 16 foot stops
elsewhere if they think the effect good."