Four Minutes – Four Daydreams

Burnell, Paul

About the work

I find when I’m daydreaming that a small trivial reverie sometimes blossoms into an ornate fantasy. This elaboration tends to happen in stages – the overall progress being interrupted by brief returns to the real world. Daydreams are somehow timeless, and yet I don’t think it matters that here each of these four musical representations of day-dreaming is a minute long.

Technical notes

The four movements progress from extremely quiet to very loud. The involve effects such as tapping instruments, and holding long overlapping chords.


The sample audio is from a recording by London Sinfonietta conducted by Gregory Rose on the album Open Score released by NMC. The album (NMC DL228) is available to purchase here.


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


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score & parts


Sample score



4m 00s




Flexible Ensemble with Keyboard


instruments in C, Bb, F, Eb, voices, perc, pf
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