Tesserae B, Op. 11b

scoring: flute and piano

duration: 12-13'

composed: 1970

dedication: for Judith Pearce and Ronald Lumsden


published: Novello/Wise Music (see here)

status: available on sale (manuscript photocopy)


5 December 1970, Wigmore Hall, Judith Pearce (flute), Ronald Lumsden (piano)

11 January 1984, Purcell Room, Richard Davis (flute), Simon Parkin (piano)
This performnce was advertised in Tempo magazine as the first performance. While that was not literally true, it could be that it was the first performance of the revised version. (See below for further information.)


BBC recording of original version

programme note:


  1. Dawnsong of the birds
  2. Gioco di chiaroscuri
  3. Feline reflexes
  4. Fantasia quasi una scioglilingua
  5. Nightsong of the fish (after Klee)


"Tesserae B proved to be a substantial piece, attractive both in its thought and in its sonorities even though much of the gesture is nervous, jagged. This score has an interesting five part mosaic design, and across its final page, like a twisted spiral, wafts the ghost of a Lehár waltz, as if to remind us that this year was his centenary too, as well as that of Beethoven (and Reicha)." Max Harrison, The Times, 7 December 1970

"The programme's statutory Justin Connolly work was Tesserae B, five miniatures with whimsical titles and much earnest note spinning." Andrew Clements, Financial Times, January 1984

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