Squaring the Circle

1989

For: Solo 'Cello, Cl+BCl, Marimba+Vibe, Vln
Duration: 9 minutes

The use of a solo 'cello reflects my interest in linear writing and was inspired by the playing of Hugh McDowell. The accompanying ensemble is used to add depth and point to the solo line, the 'cello may also be slightly amplified to give it extra resonance.

Squaring the Circle is made from two types of music, a slow melody and a rhythmic triplet theme. These alternate, converging in pitch tempo and character towards a moderato section which provides the work's summation.

Squaring The Circle has been recorded by Gemini for release on the Guild label (GMCD7379).

Reviews

The strongest was Tim Ewers' Squaring the Circle, in which alternating slow and fast sections gradually converged on an eloquent, sustained melodic line for 'cello.
Robert Maycock - The Independent

Squaring the Circle ... surrounds passages of passionate 'cello cantilena, played with speaking vividness by Philip Norris, with warm watery sonorities for the other players. The marimba (sic) was bowed, the bass-clarinet squirmed and gurgled, until the sounds at last glowed together on a single shimmering note.
Raymond Monelle - The Guardian

...a dreamilly impressionistic piece [Squaring the Circle]
Michael Tumelty - The Glasgow Herald