Taireva (We were talking) (1978–1983)

for viola (or flugelhorn), cello, harpsichord (or prepared piano) and two stereo tapes

African Journal No 5

Dedicated to Jonathan and Helen

Unpublished

Duration: c. 10 minutes

Première

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 projection.

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’’. 

Category

Chamber music