Off the Rails
for solo piano
First Performance 14 July 2006, Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham, England; Nicola Eimer
Commissioned by Nicola Eimer for the Cheltenham International Music Festival 2006
1.4.08 National Portrait Gallery, London, Adam Sherkin
2.6.13 Platform33 Kings Place, London, Joseph Houston
Off the Rails describes an oasis of tranquillity amid a harsh, explosive landscape. These two contrasting moods are constantly interspersed until each begins to take on characteristics of the other as the piece gravitates towards its inevitable climax.