"A VANISHED BREATH..." (2004)
for clarinet, bassoon and string quintet
This work, composed in November 2004 was commissioned by The Royal Northern College of Music (UK) for the New Ensemble. The starting point for the piece was a particular chord used by Toru Takemitsu in his 'Landscape I' for string quartet (1961). This chord (B-Csharp-F-Bflat-C-Gsharp) and its instrumental spacing lingered in my mind after first hearing the piece. I have used this chord at the very opening of my work held as a drone, over which a solo cello poignantly rises. This chord recurs throughout, and forms the basis for both the harmonic and melodic content of this piece. Another form of inspiration came from the poet Pablo Neruda, and the title comes from his poem 'Burial in the East'.
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© Andrew Garbett, 2005