Camisis 2 for clarinet, violin, cello and guitar


Back in my student days (1976) we planned a musical event with musicians from Oxford and Cambridge Universities – hence the title Camisis – the Cam being the river that flows through Cambridge
and the Isis being the name of the Thames on the stretch where it flows through Oxford.
The event never took place, so these pieces (Camisis 1 and Camisis 2) are a remembrance of things that never were.
They both reflect some of my feelings of being a student, an adolescent and a religious seeker.

In this title: Camisis 2, an ostinato guitar sequence attracts the other three instruments to create quasi-improvised melodies and harmonies along with it.
Peaceful, a bit bluesy but gently exultant.
The clarinet carries the original vocal line (which is why I placed the clarinet on the top of the staves)
It is based on a long lost setting I made of a verse in the book of Isiah
(“And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me”).

The companion piece to this is Camisis 1, which is more tragic in tone.