David Roche – Prayers of Method

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 6.45pm

Online broadcast from Cardiff University Concert Hall

World premiere.
Siwan Rhys (piano)

Composer Piece Duration Listen
David Roche Prayers of Method 20'

This performance will be streamed live on the Vale of Glamorgan Festival YouTube channel.

Twice delayed due to lockdown, we’re thrilled to finally give the world premiere of this Festival commission, Prayers of Method by Welsh composer David Roche.

A poignant piece for solo piano about love and loss, it’s performed by Siwan Rhys as a prelude to the 7.30pm concert Fruits of Silence with Siwan and Solem Quartet. Join us at 6.45pm to hear Prayers of Method and a discussion about it.

David writes…

Prayers of Method is a cathartic, multi-movement piece of music about loss. The title and titular prayer are both a reference to the Methodist chapels near my hometown which, for me, is a symbol of decline, violence, and love. It sits invisibly at the centre of this work, offering me vague memories and loosely framing the events that inspired and guided this piece. Many of these relate to loss. It [loss] isn’t always yearning, sadness, and grief. We frequently see it through lenses of optimism, love, fragility, attempted acceptance, and partial resolution. This hard-to-hold, changing feeling is at the core of Prayers of Method. I hope it speaks to you in some way. There are five prayers in total: Prayer of Solitude and Love Prayer of Connectivity Prayer of Loss Prayer of Renewal Prayer of Method There are two versions of Prayers of Method. The only difference is the first half of the first prayer. I use the same melody in both, but its journey and unfolding are very different. This is version B. The performer may ad. lib. the pedalling to better suit the circumstances of their performance.”

Pre-concert talk – 6.30pm – David Roche and Steph Power.

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