Back to the writing we go after a slightly calmer week just gone, although I did manage to prang the front of the Astra to provide some excitement. Various new possibilities of work continue to swirl around the ether, to the extent that I really now do need to sit down over the coming days and work out some kind of vague plan for the next academic year.
What change there will be is likely to be incremental rather than sudden, but I feel as if a little mission creep has crept in (why would it do anything else?) and that I need to get back to what those in public office would call core values. Having other lovely projects is rewarding and wonderful, but they must not become distractions from the main event.
That main event over the past fortnight has been continued work on Missa Loquebantur Variis Linguis, as much as time and inspiration have allowed, although I am able to rely a little on perspiration when those joyous flashes of new material prove elusive. In this piece, having followed a new musical path mid-writing, I have jettisoned the entire and complete first version of the Kyrie and restarted it from the ground up, something that has put me slightly behind my schedule, but which has augmented the quality of the work.
Although the deadline is not too far away, I still feel that I have had sufficient time to iron out some of the smaller details already, and that those decisions have had a knock-on effect upon the quality of the rest of the writing. Unusually for me, I have taken the decision that in this piece the various movements will be composed of independent thematic material, even if all of that material is derived from the same four note cell.
Usually I would link the Kyrie to the Agnus, beginning to end, for both have threefold repetitions of text and a similar manner of emotional expression, but rather than fall into that manner instinctively, I asked myself instead what the piece would be like if written in a less constricted manner. Having all the movements spring from the same well will ensure that they are forged from the same musical DNA, even if the resulting music might sound very different.