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A Handful of False Starts and Dead Ends

for ensemble

Year:  2020   ·  Duration:  12m
Instrumentation:  flute (doubling piccolo, alto flute and bass flute), oboe (doubling lupophone), clarinet in Bb (doubling bass clarinet), bassoon (doubling contraforte), violin, cello, harp, piano

Year:  2020
Duration:  12m
Instrumentation  flute (doubling piccolo, al...

Alex Taylor

Composer:   Alex Taylor

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-2, 5, 8-9, 12 and 18-19 of score

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A Handful of False Starts and Dead Ends is the latest in a series of pieces exploring simple forms of linear motion. The musical language is deliberately flat, even two-dimensional, and utilises materials that seem to have become disused or left behind in a post-tonal contemporary context: diatonic scales and simple chords. The title suggests failure, giving up, botched attempts at progression or growth, problems without solution, the intractable and irreconcilable, and especially inertia or stymied momentum. The work is in five movements: three lethargic distant mirages intercut with two brief moments of pedantic immediacy.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Ensemble Proton Bern for Protonwerk

Contents note

Five movements