The piece is about slowing down, consisting (almost!) entirely of a gradual ritardando over the course of three minutes. This is one of several pieces which I’ve written over the last few years which have made use of spoken text, in particular text where there is a link between the (semantic) material in the text and the musical material.
First Performance: Ensemble Bash, Spitalfields Festival, June 1999
The percussion players both play and use their voices. Instruments required are:antique cymbals, large drum, vibraphone, glockenspiel, snare drum
Call for Pieces Entry: Cornelius Cardew Ensemble, CoMA Summer School 1998 9