Always on Time (2001)

for violin and cello

duration: 2 minutes

Faber Music publishing details

Audio Excerpt

Programme Notes

Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia on behalf of Sun Microsystems (Aust.)

Always on Time was written in early 2001 as a tribute piece to Russell Bate, the retiring managing director of Sun Microsystems in Australia. A group of five composers was approached to each write a short piece (1-2 minutes) that outlined some aspect of Russell Bate’s personality. The model for the idea behind this commission was a group of works in the mode of Hindemith’s Kammermusik no. 1., op. 24 no 1 (Very Fast and Wild).

Always on Time was based on the personal qualities of perseverance and puncuality, attributed to Mr. Bate. Hence there is a lot of striving towards a goal in the work.

This piece was composed whilst I was composer-in-residence at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Paddington.

notes by Matthew Hindson.

CD Recording Available?

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Other Information

Score and parts to this work are available through Faber Music, or through Zephyr Music in Australia.

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