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Hollows out of time is a set of eleven miniatures for prepared piano and string quartet. Percussive ostinatos feature throughout, and medium-fast pieces alternate with slow lyrical ballads. I composed the prepared piano part first, and then added layers of strings, which would sometimes echo or magnify the prepared piano, and other times expand and extend into blues, film noir, Renaissance and other stylistic areas. Hollows takes its title from the venue for which it was composed, Lagavulin, meaning “hollow before the mill,” and is at the same time a nod to my teacher Roger Reynolds, whose haunting string orchestra piece “Whispers out of time” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Hollows was commissioned by Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe, whose support and friendship is an ongoing inspiration.


released June 5, 2019

Performed by
Erik Griswold - Prepared Piano
Quartet of Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra
Brendan Joyce, Jason Tong - Violins
Anna Colville - Viola
Katherine Philp - Cello

Recorded and mixed by Myles Mumford
Mastered by Lawrence English
Cover image by Greg Harm
Design by Zöe Wolfe

Hollows out of time was commissioned by Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe for the launch of Lagavulin, a new chamber music venue in the forest at Harrigans Lane, 1 April 2018.

Harrigans Lane Collective HLC1


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Erik Griswold Brisbane, Australia

Every object has two functions - to be put to use and to be possessed...The last note of one phrase sometimes serves as the first note of the next one...As a garden is full of flowers, so this species of counterpoint should be full of excellences of all kinds, a plastic melodic line, liveliness of movement, and beauty and variety of form.... ... more

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