During my stay in Toronto, for a brief time I was able to make use of the piano in a local church in return for singing with the choir on Sundays, as they were, at that stage, short of members with good music reading skills. Although a short-lived arrangement, it was long enough for the contents of the hymnal in the chapel to inspire this Trio on Hymn Tunes. The piece is in four freely composed movements; each is based on one or more hymn tunes, the basis for my investigations being sometimes the melodic aspect of the hymn, and sometimes the harmonic one. Composed for Enamble 3 of Mexico City. Dedicated to my mother Alison Carey, from whom I have had the experience of hearing and singing hymns such as these from an early age.
Written for Ensemble 3, Mexico City
to Alison Carey