Media Vita


Genre:  Chamber music: piano trio (piano, violin, cello)

Description: A single movement piano trio inspired by the intense and powerful harmonies of John Sheppard (1515-1558)'s motet Media Vita
Duration: 10 minutes
Date: 1991

Programme Note

Media vita was written for my teacher Michael Finnissy, the violinist Charles Mutter and cellist Zoe Martlew as part of Andrew Toovey's ensemble Ixion: it was inspired by the intense and powerful harmonies of Media vita, a motet by John Sheppard (1515-1558). It changes between an earthy, rhythmic character to passages which are more ecstatic and free of regular pulse.

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