'Rotunda' was amongst the composer's earlier works and written specifically for Saxtet when it was a quartet. When a fifth player joined the group, an extra tenor part was added - much to the relief of the existing tenor player. 'Rotunda' can be performed as a quartet or quintet.
It was inspired by a rather uninspiring building in the centre of Birmingham (UK). This cylindrical landmark was a legacy of the 60's concrete jungle, much maligned - as was the infamous Bullring. The composition is an attempt to convey its form in musical terms. Its melancholic character reflects the fact that at that time, it was condemned to demolition. This lament for the Rotunda was premature as it still stands.