The Goddess Trilogy was inspired by the Welsh medieval legend of the goddess Cerridwen who was both destroyer and creator, a shape-changing being who appeared various as a white sow, a screaming black hag and a giver of the ‘inspired arts’. Shapeshifter is a fast-moving work combining rondo structure with free variations. It relates to the opening work of the trilogy through the short Horn solo in the final bars.
Contemporary British composer John McCabe has been a prolific composer since his earliest years and an active pianist, recording extensively and performing across the globe. His compositions tend toward the largescale works – there are seven symphonies so far – but has composed for every size and type of ensemble. He is particularly well known for his concerti.