Dedicated to Jenni and Kate
Duration: c. 4'30"

Programme note

Flutter stitches together fluttertongued flute passages from works by the Second Viennese School and presents this as a four-part canon which can be performed by four flutes or solo flute with tape delay or three pre-recorded flutes. Overlaying this amount of fluttertonguing gives rise to a gently shimmering surface.

Taireva (We were talking)

African Journal No 5
Dedicated to Jonathan and Helen
Duration: c. 10'00"


First performance: Thursday 29 November 1984; Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom; Metanoia: Jonathan Impett flugelhorn, Helen Verney cello, Michael Blake prepared piano, John Whiting sound projectionperformance details.

Programme note

Taireva (meaning 'We were talking' or 'We shall speak out') is a traditional piece found in the repertoire of Shona mbira players (in the south of Zimbabwe). I have written my own variations on 'Taireva' for muted flugelhorn, cello, prepared piano and two stereo tapes, the fifth piece in the cycle 'African Journal''. 

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