Gottlieb And Rhapsody Of The Spheres are two works for solo Organ. Gottlieb was first performed in 2000 by Simon Neiminski at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh. Rhythmically there is a strong influence of Rave music and harmonically I turned the blues upside down, often using minor triads in the left hand with major triads in the right hand.
Gottlieb is dedicated to Sydney Gottlieb.
"Rhapsody of the Spheres: Reading something John Coltrane said on his album "A Love Supreme" that "all vibrations lead to God" got me thinking maybe music is the best form of describing what is going on at an atomic and subatomic level: that the great composers and musicians take you to Heaven rather than try to describe it in words.
With that in mind I wrote this piece-a prayer to the Moon and the Stars-where I wanted, by using the most majestic instrument of all, the organ, to describe the beauty of existence. This is a one movement piece – slow-fast-slow – and is dedicated to my eldest son Sean."