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Memories in rust and cobwebs (2023)

c. 7'30"

Flt. Clt. Tpt. Vln. Vla. Vc.

Programme Note:


Inspired by concepts established in Slonimsky’s Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns (a resource later popularised by both John Adams and John Coltrane), Memories in rust and cobwebs is a chamber piece which encapsulates a scrapyard, the decaying artefacts, and the memories found within them. The piece can be viewed as three programmatic images which are each extensively developed: The Scrapyard itself, which uses a variety of percussive textures, emphasises the metallic and industrialised imagery. Searching through objects, which is characterised by suspenseful yet playful exchanges across the ensemble, depicts a sense of wonder and awe for the treasures you may find. Reflecting on memories, which polarises the preceding two scenes with static rhythms, portraying the sense of a dreamy, ‘timeless’ space.


The piece concludes by returning to the scrapyard where the established material from each scene begins to mix and jumble together, creating a chaotic and frantic texture causing the form and structure to break down, suggesting that the objects have been returned to the scrapyard or new objects have taken their place.



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