Children at a funeral (1996)
for prepared piano

Duration: 8 minutes

Written for Andrew Ball
as a result of a Holst Foundation Award

First performance:
February 1997, Wigmore Hall, London

Andrew Ball

Wood's Children at a Funeral, prompted by the natural but knowing responses of children at the memorial service for the composer's father, requires a prepared piano specially hung with some Heath-Robinsonish contraptions involving lengths of rope and two assistants. At just 10 minutes, it admirably harnesses Wood's imagination... Some beautifully ethereal, sustained sounds alternate, in the piece's second half, with already established, more familiar, gamelan-like sonorities and rhythms. A little masterpiece...'

Keith Potter, The Independent, 20.2.97

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Autumn Voices (2001)
for violin and electronics

Duration: 15 minutes

Commissioned by the BBC
for Mieko Kanno

First performance:
30 November 2001, Huddersfield Festival

Mieko Kanno and the composer

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