a frayed, jute whipping knot (2012)

for oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon
 
[Score | Recording]
 
commissioned by the Akropolis Reed Quintet as a part of their "Unraveled Commissioning Project"
 
Premiered ("Web Premiere") by Akropolis Reed Quintet (WWW)

Akropolis Reed Quintet, "Web Premiere"

 

Program Notes:

a frayed, jute whipping knot was written for the Akropolis Reed Quintet’s “Unraveled” composer’s project. A “whipping knot” is a binding of
twine around the end of a rope to prevent the fibers from unraveling. If, however, the knot is created using a frayed piece of jute (a natural
fiber) then the whipping knot may not stay intact, no matter how strong or secure the knot or fiber is. The piece begins very small and simple,
gaining momentum as the piece progresses, developing into an unstable, stammering frenzy.