My aim with Woodwinds and Vibes was to create an atmospheric piece, with rich harmonies and an equality of instrumental interaction, but where individual timbres shine through. I chose this combination of instruments because I have a particular fondness for the sound of woodwinds, and for the pure metallic sound of the vibraphone. In visual terms, this piece could be seen as a series of floating images, which emerge into view then disappear. I was influenced especially by the music of Morton Feldman, with its hushed, rarefied sound world, and the simple beauty of single notes.
14 Oct 2005
Performed by Ingrid Van Boheemen (flute), Alex Vincent (oboe), Anna McGregor (clarinet), Ben Whitton (vibraphone) at the Music Theatre, University of Auckland, Auckland