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Silo String Quartet and Barrie Webb - premiere performance
year: 2012 instrumentation: trombone and string quartet duration: 13'
for and premiered by: Barrie Webb and the Silo String Quartet
Tag: as in the children's game; the soloist is 'it'.
Release: a release for the composer (and his performers) from previous modes of engagement with small ensemble music that have almost always required the services of a conductor. In this work perpetual, conventionally written soli are passed between the players. When not playing soli, musicians are reacting loosely to the solo line with a series of gestures; the soloist becomes a conductor of sorts.
Tag and release: from recreational fishing, in the interests of research and conservation.
The work is continuous but divided into three sections.
soli 1-7: introductory (loose) palindrome
soli 8-14: suddenly noise-based...gradual re-emergence of pitch
soli 18-20: intensification
With thanks to the MCL, the Silo String Quartet, Barrie Webb and Jack Body.