Dedicated to Robert Pickup and Jill Richards
Commissioned by SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts
Publisher: Bardic Edition
Score and instrumental part BD 0811
Duration: 19 minutes
First performance: Friday 12 July 2002; Basílica Menor San Francisco de Asís, Havana, Cuba; Ensemble Opera Nova Zürich: Robert Pickup clarinet, Jean-Jacques Dünki piano.
Untitled was begun in August 2000 but largely completed in Cape Town the following summer. With a working title of Fast and Loud, a deliberate departure from previous works, it also turned into my most minimalist work up to then. It is largely concerned with surface and very little with traditional formal structures; its minimalist surface — finely graded variations of nuance and colour — belies the virtuosity required of both performers. Untitled was commissioned by SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts for Robert Pickup and Jill Richards to whom the piece is dedicated. The first performance was given by Robert Pickup (clarinet) and Jean-Jacques Dünki (piano) on 12 July 2002 in the Basílica Menor San Francisco de Asís, Havana (Cuba) during a tour by the Ensemble Opera Nova Zürich; the South African première was given by Robert Pickup (clarinet) and Jill Richards (piano) on 27 August 2004 at Wits University, Johannesburg. It lasts about 19 minutes.