This is the eleventh piece from the Towards the Light collection for piano written during Patrick’s time as Composer in Residence for Classic FM. Inspired by Patrick’s love of the Norfolk landscape in which he lives and his Christian faith, the brief from Classic FM was to create soothing, accessible and sight-readable pieces. For the pianist there are a few more complicated timings that make it very interesting and rewarding to play.
The three final pieces of the collection, of which this is one, reflect the changing skies of East Anglia and also follow the Church year through Easter and The Ascension. The Time of Sacrifice feels barren and mournful while the nostalgically swaying rhythms of Waltz aim to suggest the hope of new life. The Gift marks the journey’s end when the goal of salvation is reached: a gift received but also extended, through the medium of music, to others.
Also available in a version for Full Orchestra.