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year: 2008          instrumentation: flute and piano          duration: c.8:00

commissioned by: Mette Leroy and Jamie Cock

funded by: Creative New Zealand

performances: premiere by Luca Manghi (flute) and Dean Sky-Lucas (piano)

programme note: orbicularis gradually splinters and disperses a pitch-limited melodic idea, hinting as it goes at harmonic ideas that are superfluous to the musical argument.

The orbicularis oris is the facial muscle chiefly used in the playing of woodwinds.