African Notebook No 5
Duration: c. 3 minutes
First performance: Sunday 25 September 1977; Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa; Moonchild, Michael Blake conductor.
My arrangement of the Purcell ‘Fantasia’ is punctuated by bells playing the repeated C, while exploring figuration found in some traditional African musics such as mbira music which I had been studying in the mid-1970s. This was one of several preliminary etudes for a future African-based cycle of compositions called ‘African Journal’.