Still/s 4

for flute and Bb clarinet

Richard Emsley

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for flute and Bb clarinet

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Composer Richard Emsley
Year of Composition 2008
Duration ca.12'
ISMN 9790570680580
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-re2s4


In early 2002 I began work on a collaboration with the British painter Joan Key. This was designed in such a way that the artist’s production of a group of six paintings and the composer’s production of a piece for solo cello would be processes which did not inhibit one another but yet which intersected at a deep-seated structural level. The collaboration was commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, and Key’s Six White Paintings for Composition were hung there as part of the “Colour White” exhibition in July 2002 during which the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze premiered the musical component of the collaboration, Still/s 1. 

Subsequently I decided that the cello piece would be the first of 24 pieces composed for all the solo, duo and trio combinations of a five-instrument ensemble. The large number of works involved in the series results directly from the notion of an exhaustive exploration of possibilities (‘combinations’) perhaps akin to that Beckettian process which, as one commentator has described it, steadily moves towards “whiteness, absence, stillness and silence”.

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