This work was written many years ago when the use of electronic technology—tape recorder and synthesizer—was entering the scene as a serious means of musical expression. I thought for this piece I would require the soloist to record accompanying parts for selected movements. My idea was not to produce exquisite new electronic sounds (I’m incapable), but rather to capture the nuance and, as close as possible, the unique timbre of the performer, in this case the wonderful musician, Michael Touchi. The first movement is a solo cadenza, the second a reflective statement with three other (recorded) bassoon parts, and the third an extended canon—one long, pre-recorded melody followed by the soloist with the same melody.
Publisher: HBH Publishing