Fantasia on One Note (1977)

Arrangement of Purcell for flute/piccolo, bass clarinet/clarinet in Bb, percussion(1 player: marimba, glock, bells), harpsichord, guitar, violin, cello

African Notebook No 5


Duration: c. 3 minutes


First performance: Sunday 25 September 1977; Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa; Moonchild, Michael Blake conductor.

Programme note

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’.     


Chamber music