TheSong of Initiation
A satire, commissioned by the Eurythmy Association of Great Britain and Ireland for 2011 tour of Cosmic Verses by Rudolf Steiner.
"Over the past twenty years a very enjoyable part of my work has been associated with the movement form of Eurythmy.
This is a movement art that expresses music and speech in visual form.
It was developed by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) in collaboration with Marie von Sivers in the early part of the 20th Century. In addition to being a performance art, Eurythmy is used educationally and therapeutically.
Much of my association with Eurythmy has centred on my work in Botton Village Camphill Community, where I have been a regular pianist for the Camphill Eurythmy School’s four-year course in the art. I have also played for the Botton Stage Group, a performing group of professional eurythmists.
I have composed piano pieces for groups of eurythmists, predominantly for fairy tales, many of which have been part of performance tours at national level.
I have recently completed the nationwide Cosmic Verses tour with the Eurythmy Association of Great Britain, which included two of my specially commissioned compositions."
Light in the Mysteries
These seven short pieces were written in 1999 for a talk and presentation given by a Eurythmy student. This traced our perception of light and darkness through the ages, from early Celtic culture onwards and into the future.
Although written for a specific event, the pieces can be appreciated in their own right.
Andrew composed this piece as part of the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Steiner.
Eros and Fable
This fairy tale was written by Friedrich von Hardenburg, known as Novalis (1772 - 1801), and features in his unfinished novel Henry von Ofterdingen.
The music was composed following a commission from Jonathan Reid in preparation for a full performance of the fairy tale in Eurythmy as part of a conference of the Camphill movement, held in Glencraig, Northern Ireland at Easter 1999.
The working text used for the performance is enclosed with the score, and was prepared by Jonathan Reid in collaboration with Baruch Urieli, who was the keynote speaker at the conference.
The music is scored for lyre(s) and pianoforte.
This music was composed in 2002 for an adaptation of Act I of Shelley’s poem for performance in Eurythmy, prepared by Jonathan Reid of the Camphill Eurythmy School.
The Prelude depicts Prometheus chained to the rock with the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.
This is followed by three pieces to accompany the dramatic role of the Furies.
The Epilogue concludes the work.