Cavatina for Cornet

Since his first visit to Stavanger in 1982, Philip Sparke has been firm friends with the well-known Norwegian cornet player and conductor, Morten E. Hansen. When Mortenís daughter, Pernille, was approaching her 18th birthday, he commissioned Philip Sparke to write a cornet solo for her to play. Cavatina for Cornet was the result.

The opening mood of a brooding modal blues, almost improvisatory in style, gives way momentarily to a more optimistic central section; after an emotional climax and reflective cadenza, the opening material returns, but the piece ends with in more positive mood, with a brief reference to the earlier mood of optimism.