Contemporary Classical

Inspired by other arts, be it classical architecture, medieval iconography, poetry or Bauhaus constructivism, Hesketh's Contemporary Classical concert music is broad in its range of stimuli. Intrigued by sinister or melancholy children's literature (Small Tales, tall tales or Netsuke), more recent pieces also show an interest in ‘unreliable machines’: short bursts of mechanistic material that attempt metamorphosis but achieve only a more rapid burn out (Theatre of Attractions, Wunderkammer[konzert]). The transparent clarity of his instrumental writing allied to a rhythmic flexibility is typical of much of his style (Graven Image).

"...virtuoso stuff, full of whip-crack rhythms and vertiginous instrumental writing."
The GUARDIAN

"...a musical argument of amazing fleetness and polyphonic power."
THE SUNDAY TIMES

 


 

This section is divided in to six sub-sections with works grouped together by instrumental forces. Click on the links below or use the menu to the right for PDFs and MP3s