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Improbable Mechanism

for recorder quartet

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  5m
Instrumentation:  2 alto recorders, tenor recorder, bass recorder

Year:  2008
Duration:  5m
Instrumentation  2 alto recorders, tenor rec...

Composer:   Philip Brownlee

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Philip Brownlee: Improbable...

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Improbable Mechanism is dedicated to the Bellatrix Recorder Quartet. The title conjures Heironymus Bosch and Heath Robinson in equal measure: it is an elaborate mechanical contrivance, serving no discernible purpose; a rough assemblage of phrases on the verge of grammatical expression. Simultaneous mechanistic processes are used to generate material, and much of the music lies in the friction between the these layers. Through this there is an undercurrent of melodic outbursts, further subverted by quotations from the composer’s idiosyncratic recorder improvisations.

Dedication note

Dedicated to Bellatrix Recorder Quartet

Contents note

One movement

Performance history

05 Jul 2008: Performed by Bellatrix Recorder Quartet at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Wellington

08 Jul 2008: Performed by the Bellatrix Recorder Quartet at St. Alban's Church, Pauatahanui

10 Jul 2008: Performed by the Bellatrix Record Quartet at St. James Anglican Church, Lower Hutt

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