Self Portrait


flute oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano, harp, mandolin, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass


Inspired by a long-term interest in portraiture in the visual arts and, more recently, the work of David Hockney – in particular his self portraits - this collection of four short pieces reflects the paradoxes of expressing the ‘self’ in any art form. The self that is expressed is a product not only of the intentions of the artist, but also of contingent elements such as time, place and context. The music, then, explores the tension between the composer’s vision of self and its realisation.


First performance

19.11.09 (broadcast live on Dutch National Radio 4)

Musiekgebouw aan’t IJ , Amsterdam

Nieuw Ensemble

Second performance


Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Nieuw Ensemble

Self Portrait was composed during Jenny's participation on the HCMF (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) & Nieuw Ensemble Yorkshire Composers’ Professional Development Scheme 2009

Parts available on request (.pdf digital download). No charge*.

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Duration approximately 20 minutes