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Benedict Mason (1954)

! 1992

1(pic.bfl.panpipes*)1(ca)1(bcl.xaphoon*).1(heck)/11(ptpt.flg)1(euph).0/perc/pf/str(1.1.1.1.1)
Duration 
20
Publisher 

! Is here used not as a punctuation mark but as a phonetic symbol for the alveopalatal click produced by pulling the tongue sharply away from the front of the hard palate - the classic sound made to immitate horses hooves. (People who can't make this sound may substitute the lateral, or fricative - phonetically: || click. This is the 'gee-up' click made to encourage horses.)

This is a resonant title in more ways than one: it reflects not only the abstract and percussive qualities of the piece, but its mouth resonance reflects the rich superimposition of horizontal layers sometimes to be found in the piece. Furthermore there is the occasional inspiration of the antiphony, polyphony,and hocketing of flutes, mouthbows (more mouth resonance) mbiras and singing of those peoples that use such click sounds in their language.

B. Mason

Performances 
4.10.92 Musica Festival, Strasbourg, France: London Sinfonietta
9.5.13 CBSO Centre, Birmingham: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Franck Ollu
14.11.13 Royal Festival Hall, London: Philharmonia Orchestra / Johannes Debus
1
Flute
doubling piccolo, bass flute and panpipes
1
Oboe
doubling cor anglais
1
Clarinet
doubling bass clarinet and xaphoon
1
Bassoon
doubling heck
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
doubling piccolo trumpet and flugel horn
1
Trombone
doubling euphonium
1
Percussion
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Piano
players also double on Barnes and Mullins swanee flutes*, horsepipe whistles*, devil chasers* and schwirrbogen* *=available to hire from the composer
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