Musical Squares

Burnell, Paul


Flexible Ensemble


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About the work

The titles of the squares in the sets are: Set 1: This Order Around, Vigorous, Sustain all – Let Decay, Tension-ed, Gliding (My) Fingers, and Rotary. Set 2: Tarry, So Far Each Way, Going like the.., Out of Step, Repeat – Layer – Build, and Nth Heaven . Set 3: Is This?, Fade, All four one, Stamp Clap Snap, Ahead, and All ending in e

Technical notes

The pieces consist of snippets of music, and other symbols, arranged on small plastic squares in a frame – with one space empty, making it possible to rearrange the squares, as in many puzzles. Players can re-arrange the squares in order to generate different variations on the pieces.