Sonatina for Violin & Piano (1979)
When my brother (D) and sister-in-law (Sue) were living in Malawi - my brother was part of the Lepra scheme and took responsibility for the central chunk of the country, running mobile clinics over a wide area, and setting up a network of local 'surgeries' - our entire family went out to stay with them for over a month in our summer break. During our stay we explored widely and on one such expedition, to the fabulously impressive and beautiful mountain range of Mulanje, I composed a movement for violin & piano that we performed a while later back in Lilongwe, where D & Sue were living. When back in the UK later in the year I added two further movements and the whole work lay forgotten for over three decades before I re-discovered it amongst my papers [I was doing another great 'clearing out' of junk....] in the summer of 2011. I duly 'tidied up' the composition, making a few small alterations/additions to the first two movements but leaving the Finale - which includes a fugue - entirely unchanged. This 'performance' is yet again the result of programming the Sibelius score through the 'East West' sound sample library.