'Three inventions' premiered in Scarborough
My new piece for Dark Inventions, Three inventions, was premiered in a lovely concert at the Rotunda museum in Scarborough, alongside other contemporary works as well as pieces by Bach and Telemann. Below, you can see a video of a rehearsal from the day before, taken in the very dry acoustic of the Rymer Auditorium at the University of York. This is a run through of one third of the piece, in which the clarinet takes the lead and the other two musicians accompany. The musicians are Jonathan Sage (clarinet), Neil Thomas Smith (flute) and Martin Scheuregger (vibraphone, and co-director of Dark Inventions with Christopher Leedham, who made this video):
In each ‘invention’, one musician plays a melodic line whilst the other two musicians devise an accompaniment from more ambiguous material. In the above invention, the flautist is presented with a loose staccato accompaniment, whilst the vibraphone has four different boxes of material which can be played at any point - soft glissandi (frequently), a soft two note chord (up to four times), echoing a clarinet note (occasional) and a loud four note chord (once only).