'Cave Painting' score (vln. vla. b.cl)
  • 'Cave Painting' score (vln. vla. b.cl)


    Written for the London Symphony Orchestra, supported by Susie Thomson. Part of a larger collection of pieces inspired by 575 Wandsworth Road, a property left by Khadambi Asalache to the National Trust.

    Shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award in 2017. 


    Vln. Vla. B.Cl.

    Duration: 5'40" - 6'


    The pitches and structure of this piece are derived from the process of reading Khadambi Asalache's poem in his study at 575 Wandsworth Road, and playing the recording back into the room - rerecording that, and repeating - to capture its acoustic resonance and tones.


    The bass clarinet is intended to be positioned separately from the strings - offstage or behind the audience.

    Strings default to senza vibrato, and there are two types of vibrato specified.

    The duration of the bass clarinet multiphonics is not strict.



    The Cave Painter

    Khadambi Asalache


    He waited:

    an hour passed

    a week passed

    a year passed.

    Then one day he

    heard far off

    a secret struggle;

    an outline on

    the far horizon

    an animal’s horn.

    He touched it

    with his brush

    scratched it

    lightly and

    suddenly a startled

    deer pushed

    its way through

    the fresh paint.


    • File Format & License

      PDF download.

      Copyright Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian 2017. Please credit where appropriate and send performances to PRS.

      For the performer's use only, not for republishing.

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    Content  © 2018-2020 by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

    composer | performer | multi-media artist

    Backdrop by Martha Orbach for The Evolution of Eve oratorio