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This quartet for bassoon and string trio operates as a duo between bassoon and violin, in which these instruments are coloured, commentated on, resonated and shadowed by, respectively, viola and cello. The bassoon and violin exist in a world of traditional notation while the musical materials of their auxiliaries ‘float’ in relation to them. I’m seeking simultaneous strictness and looseness, the tightness of the traditionally-scored interactions between bassoon and violin mitigated by the spacetime, reactive commentaries of their pairings.
double duo builds on tag (and release) (2012) and sundry good (2014), works which freed me from the constraints of computer feedback during their composition and the necessity of a conductor during performance. These three works are the basis for further research that will hopefully involve animated scores and fixed media elements.
Written at the invitation of Ben Hoadley
09 Oct 2016: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon), Andrew Beer (violin), David Samuel (viola) and James Yoo (cello) at the Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland New Zealand.