To Rosie Rodway
Early Morning is derived from five piano performances recorded in a variety of spaces over a period of several years. These performances incorporated both traditional and extended instrumental techniques, generating a wide variety of gestural and textural materials. Although these materials informed the overall unity of the piece, sound transformations proved to negate the piano as a recognisable source. Instead, the focus is upon the gradual accumulation and dispersal of spectral detail; these broad contours enhance the spatial impression, suggesting the expansive shaping of physical landscapes. The structure of the piece was inspired by the peaceful awakening of an early morning scene and its illumination in first light.