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three black moons (1999)

three black moons derives its title from an Alexander Calder mobile. Although the work is not specifically about mobiles, the treatment of material in the piece is analogous to the movement of an object suspended from a mobile spine.

I am grateful to Clark Rundell and the New Ensemble of the Royal Northern College of Music for their assistance in recording the material used in the electronic sections of the piece.

The work was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta with funds provided by the RVW Trust, and first performed at the Hayward Gallery, London, on the 10 April 1999.

instrumentation: clarinet in Bb, trombone, contrabass, tape (electronics)
duration: 15 minutes ~
first performance: Timothy Lines, clarinet; David Purser, trombone; Enno Senft, double bass; Ian Vine, tape; Ian Dearden/SOUND intermedia, sound diffusion