Just wrote a piece for a String quartet and a clarsach. However, I had to adjust it a little because the group I play with doesn't have 2 violins and a viola but instead has 3 violins. This meant adjusting the melody line a little but after listening to the recording, I don't really think it made too much of a difference.
This piece means quite a lot to me so after a lot of deliberation, I decided to call it Solas. It's a beautiful place on the Island of North Uist where I first heard the clarsach being played. I fell in love with the instrument and the piece is a celebration of the beauty of the clarsach.
(How mushy is that?!)
It is definitely no masterpiece but it's sincere and honest so I'm quite pleased. Doesn't "project" well, much better when played in more intimate venues.
Discovered I really enjoy playing with the group as we are all good friends so I think I'll write more pieces I can play with friends. Makes performing them more fun and I think if you know the people you're playing with then there's a better connection. This, I beleive, leads to a more balanced sound and, if playing live, more audience enjoyment.
Would love to write some music for a choir but lyrics are not my strong point.
Perhaps I should collaborate with my poet friend.
Or I might do something for a flute choir but as I live in rural Scotland finding an alto or a bass flute player could prove difficult.