Piece of 4 was composed in Europe in September/October 1980 for the Bourges Experimental Music Festival in June, 1982. It combines my thoughts on music from found objects and on chance music, while also exploring the theme of “4”.
The first performance of Piece of 4 was on 4 June, 1982 in the Robert McDougal Art Gallery in Christchurch.
Written for the composition tutor at the 1985 Cambridge Music School, John Elmsly, Slides 5 received its first performance in 1987 at a University of Auckland concert. The combination here is of baroque flute with crotales (tuned antique cymbals). The pitch range here is much narrower than with a conventional flute. One particular feature of the music is a fingered tremolo while a single pitch is held, thereby causing microtonal fluctuations in the pitch of that note.