materials vary greatly and are simply materials (2010)

materials vary greatly and are simply materials (2010) uses ten different materials placed in a harp, and then bowed. The materials are drawn from the list of traditional gifts given for the first ten wedding anniversaries. The title is taken from Donald Judd’s essay Specific Objects (1964). The piece is part of the series divisions that could be autonomous but that comprise the whole (2009- ) and was written for Rhodri Davies. It is dedicated to Tim Parkinson and Angharad Davies, and first performed at their wedding in Portmeirion, 22 October 2010.