HISTORICAL FICTION


Christian Forshaw - Saxophone
Grace Davidson - Soprano
Alexander Mason - Organ
 


The title Historical Fiction came from a realisation that the process used by the authors of that genre was very similar to the one employed musically in this collection.  Historical fiction authors take a framework of facts and create an imagined narrative around them.  In the same way we have taken the core content of music written in the Renaissance & Baroque eras (namely the text, melodies and outline harmony) and created our own musical narrative around that framework.  The music is arranged in a way that makes it sound ‘of our time’, exploring the contemporary ecclesiastical soundworld which has evolved in Christian’s music over the last 20 years.  But we have approached the music with a reverence to the style, phrasing and expression that the composers probably would have been familiar with.   

The pieces are linked with our own narrative made up of reconstructed fragments from the main material.  By expanding simple melodic motifs or harmonic progressions from the core material, we have created new musical landscapes which connect the pieces together, very much in our own language.

The choice of repertoire was selected for an imagined state occasion in a large and austere space.  We imagined ourselves peering through the West Door of Westminster Abbey.  Various dignitaries arrive and depart to their own musical backdrops, sometimes grand, sometimes pompous, sometimes almost comical.  It must have been a rather bizarre occasion as we move through celebratory romps, sublime tranquility and sombre tragedy in quite a short space of time, but in our minds it all fits together.   We don’t really know who these people might be, but have enjoyed the imagining!


Released September 2021
Catalogue number ING1006