Climbing Frame is a ‘frame’ for creative choices. The players are asked to listen hard and react with contributions to a large energetic stream.
The conductor should begin the piece with 2 low instruments a semitone apart. After their high notes, the other instruments enter at varying intervals. Allow the quick high notes to ‘trigger’ the low long notes. Everybody is free till page 2, when the conductor signals and beats the SOLO. At the conclusion of the SOLO, the conductor signs the tutti players to cease their low fast figures, and play the crescendo, pause etc. with the beat to the end.
Commissioned by COMA for Open Score2004: ‘The Four Temperaments’
The score for this work is included in the anthology Open Score: Contemporary Music for All (ISMN: 979-0-9002363-0-2) published by CoMA in 2016. More details