Written for the London Symphony Orchestra through the LSO Discovery Panufnik Scheme, supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust.
This is something like the work of the Arte Povera movement: artists such as Alighiero Boetti, or Jannis Kounellis. Simple, everyday objects, presented with a minimum of interference.
I like to think I've manipulated the material in this piece just enough that there's a small sense of unease: 'putting its teeth back in.'
I realised today that, while writing this piece, the score of Erik Satie's Harmonies has been open in the studio, so perhaps some of Satie's 'blankness' subconsciously found its way into this piece too.