3.10 am for viola & guitar

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This was based on extracts of a poem I could not make head nor tail of but I dramatised it. It was written for London Arts award-winning young performers of the year. In this case for William Waters and Norbert Blume. I was in my rebellious youth and aimed at breaking barriers. When the work was completed Norbert appeared to be put off by my notation method and didn't want to play it, so it was played by Richard Muncey. The poet asked me not to name him because the piece is so different from the nature of the poem. When the music critic Brigitte Schaeffer came for the performance, she mistakenly thought the concert started at 3.10 pm and hence missed the performance!  When the work was broadcast in Hong Kong, I did not give it any programme notes and was surprised to hear the presenter describing the piece as about the aftermath of a nuclear war!  Also, because I used rather unusual graphic notation, the guitarist John Schneider included an image from it in his book on guitar music.



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Richard Muncey viola, William Waters guitar
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