24 Steps

Burnell, Paul

About the work

Someone wanting to step fully-clothed into a river.

First Performance: 2002 (CoMA Londonmembers evening)

Technical notes

A series of chords on two lines. Each chord cued by words spoken by narrator. The chords are played with a slow irregular tremolo. On accordion this is achieved by the ‘in and out’ of the bellows (I appreciate this is likely to be tiring). Other instruments should mimic this by repeating single notes (not trilling). The tremolo is ‘stretched’ as the player(s) move across the bar. At the beginning and end any wind players blow across the tops of small bottles. The atmosphere should be carefree, light-hearted, even humorous. Feel free to employ any theatrical device to support this. The narrator should be audible at all times. This may entail subtle amplification. The narrator can be male or female.


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score & parts


Sample score



7m 40s




Voices and Instruments


Narrator and accordion (additional instruments optional)
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