for solo viola
Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola
Performed by Grace Leehan at the 2019 Gisborne International Music Competition
Reflect (2014) is a particularly personal piece that allowed me to release some heavy emotions that I wasn’t able to express through words. These emotions were in response to a number of events in my life, including revisits to destroyed places in post-quake Christchurch (my hometown), that left me longing for a past time. I was drawn to the solo viola's likeness to a lone human voice, particularly its lamenting qualities. The middle harmonics section provides a sort of timbral 'escape', which is disrupted by harsh outbursts in the final section.
Score available at SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music