Fragments was commissioned by Music Past & Present, London and first performed in January 2007


Commission: Music Past & Present


Duration: 6’


Instrumentation: Clarinet and Piano

Fragments is an investigation of fractured, dissolved, stretched and re-ordered material from the final aria of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – When I am Laid in Earth. The piano uses only the plucking of the strings inside the instrument in a distorted version of the ground bass; the clarinet plays fragments of the vocal melody – often twisted and warped into new shapes.

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