Callisto ... and the great moon turns was Highly Commended in the 2010 Recital Music Composition Competition and is a lively and enjoyable piece for the intermediate bassist. Composed in a popular and accessible style, the piano accompaniment creates a wealth of colours against which a more sedate and lyrical solo line weaves its long and sinuous melodies. This would be suitable as a repertoire or concert piece for the young bassist looking for music which offers much to performers and audiences alike.
The composer writes: 'It is somewhat humbling to consider that, despite mankind's relentless exploration of outer space, its stars continue to shine and its planets and moons continue their orbits with stately majesty, unconcerned as to whether human beings are observing them or not.
In composing this piece, my intention was to somehow convey this image of immense yet detached grandeur. The requirement to feature the double bass as the solo instrument seemed to me to be highly appropriate; its natural sonority, coupled with a repeated theme, feels very much in keeping with the sense of an immense heavenly entity, possibly as old as time itself, as it continues on its unending celestial course.'