Semblance for solo bass flute was written for, and first performed by Richard Craig, at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 2011. The piece is the result of close collaborative work with the performer.
The bass flute encapsulates a range of breath sounds in which one is acutely aware of the player’s physical presence: the act of respiration, which produces these sounds, is constantly audible within it. In contrast, there is an abundance of strong articulations possible that equally draw attention to their physicality or method of production. The piece involves these opposing types of sound placing them in various guises throughout and drawing them together into an organic form that travels through illusory states.