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Improbable Mechanism is dedicated to the Bellatrix Recorder Quartet. The title conjures Heironymus Bosch and Heath Robinson in equal measure: it is an elaborate mechanical contrivance, serving no discernible purpose; a rough assemblage of phrases on the verge of grammatical expression. Simultaneous mechanistic processes are used to generate material, and much of the music lies in the friction between the these layers. Through this there is an undercurrent of melodic outbursts, further subverted by quotations from the composer’s idiosyncratic recorder improvisations.
Dedicated to Bellatrix Recorder Quartet
05 Jul 2008: Performed by Bellatrix Recorder Quartet at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Wellington
08 Jul 2008: Performed by the Bellatrix Recorder Quartet at St. Alban's Church, Pauatahanui
10 Jul 2008: Performed by the Bellatrix Record Quartet at St. James Anglican Church, Lower Hutt