Movements with some repetition (2017)
30 June 2017 // Silk Street Music Hall // Guildhall School of Music & Drama // London, U.K.
Written for and performed by the Plus-Minus Ensemble as part of the GSMD M.Mus composition programme:
Vicky Wright, clarinets
Serge Vuille, vibraphone
Tom Pauwels, electric guitar
Aisha Orazbayeva, violin
Alice Purton, cello
Mark Knoop, conductor
I. The note C plays a very prominent role in this piece. There is often a C sounding throughout. Some of the other notes are quarter-tones. When there is not a C sometimes there are canons.
II. These canons happen at different speeds at the same time. Those speeds are then used in other parts of the piece but without the canons.
III. The note C comes back quite often. The notes that make up the canons sometimes form the harmonies in the other parts. But in one part there are a lot of quarter-tones that surround the C.
IV. The violin sort of freaks out in one bit. The C isn’t that important then but then it comes back very low. The C is often very low but every now and then it’s not.
V. The canon gets its notes from one of the sections with a low C and also driving rhythms. The driving rhythms are kind of their own thing but then so is most of this. Except the C.
VI. And the canons. And the “general sense of things.” One time the violin (and the cello) play a lot of harmonics (always together).
VII. There are seven movements. Some are joined together. But they never repeat.