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Pritchard: In Passing
is so called as, throughout the course of the piece, the two instruments pursue
defined musical pathways which, despite their independence, are constantly
influencing one another.
essence the flute's music moves from the rapid material of its opening to
the long, sustained sounds towards the end of the piece, and the marimba does
exactly the contrary. However both take a somewhat circuitous route with many
interjections of moments that are theoretically out of place in their gradual
transformation processes. More important than the two individual trajectories,
however, are the numerous moments when an event in one player’s material sets
off a reaction in the music of the other player; and the consequent tension
between autonomy on the one hand and interaction on the other is what gives this
music its character.
is dedicated to the Kate and Amy Kelly for whom the piece was commissioned with
funds from Arts Council England for performance at the Corsham Festival 2005.