Not about any particular building, this music, constructed phrase by phrase (brick by brick), forms an austere imposing structure, and explores the concept of a massive space built by human hands to encompass a divine idea. ‘Old Stone Church’ finds expression in grandeur, fits of nervous energy, and a brief admission of melancholy.
At dawn the Mass
burgeons from stone
a Jesse tree
Geoffrey Hill, from the Pentecost Castle, 1978