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A powerful work of contrasts and transitions: from clouds of overlapping texture to sharply defined funkiness; from melodic lines which are frayed and blurred to readily discernible cohesion, and from apparent non-metred pulse to highly charged rhythm. There are also stylistic modulations: from romantic rhapsody to jazz funk, from soft consonance to hard dissonance and from static harmony to one instance of a traditional harmonic progression and cadence. The piece ends with a huge climax. Then a final resolution. Or is it? You decide.

I hope performers and listeners will make their own connections between the title of this work and the musical material in it; a forlorn bassoon solo near the end is surrounded by echoes of its own voice but in the end there is no answer; a final E screams uncomfortably; maybe there will never be an answer.


Symphonic Poem
Orch. (with/out solo)
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The Man in the Moon