A lone gamba tune

Composed in memory of Angela Beaumont

Angela Beaumont, 1990

Angela Beaumont was a very active member of Edinburgh Methodist Mission, and she sang soprano in the choir for many years. She died tragically in 2004 at the age of 57. I wrote this piece for cello and piano in her memory.

The main theme is of an unusual and experimental construction, in that it makes sense when heard in C minor, and it also makes sense (the very same notes, or their enharmonic equivalents, without transposition) when heard in B major. The piece includes quotations from The Lord bless you and keep you by Peter C Lutkin, a setting much loved by Edinburgh Methodist Mission Choir.

The title of the piece, A lone gamba tune, refers to the gamba, or viola da gamba, a forerunner of the cello.

This recording was made at the memorial service for Angela held at Central Hall, home of Edinburgh Methodist Mission, on 30 May 2004. I apologise for the sound quality: the microphone was not well placed. The cellist is Abbie Palmer, and I am at the piano.

And I have a confession to make: one blatant mistake in performance (at 2:47) has been digitally corrected.

You are welcome to download, print and perform the printed score royalty‐free for any non‐commercial purpose. If you perform it in public, please mention that it was written in Angela’s memory.