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“Richard Causton‘s Phoenix (2006, rev. 2007) also used color, as well as idiosyncratic techniques (slow-motion trills and tremolando, for example), to paint a vivid picture, in this case the fiery death and resurrection of the mythical bird of his title.”

Allan Kozinn, New York Times


 

Richard is currently working on a new piece for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which will be premiered under the direction of Sakari Oramo at the Barbican in London on 23rd January 2019.

He writes: “the piece is entitled Ik zeg: NU (‘I say: NOW’) and is named after a book by my Dutch relative, Sal van Son. The piece is partly about the passage of time – the ‘now’ becomes the past from the moment it has been named. But it is also a homage to my 96-year-old relative, whose book traces the history of his Jewish family through four centuries, including his own years in hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland during the Second World War”.