Just finished a piece called On the Whim of Finn, for string quartet. Looks like it will performed in June, but thought I would post here a recording made from GPO strings.
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The first coupla minutes are slow, and then it picks up.
For a long time I was stuck for inspiration until our good friends visited with their child Finn. As Finn occupied himself on my old ex-pianola, I remember at one point remarking "whatever Finn plays next, that's it, that will be the next piece of music". He then played A C E F G. Using these notes I immediately wrote a melody which became the basis for this piece of music.
The melody made from Finn's invented scale forms almost all the elements of this piece. Though to add harmonic colour I use his scale transposed up a fifth to start on E and then a fifth again to start on B. So that almost all elements of this piece are created through combinations of the five note melody across different transpositions.