and an extract from the pre-programme note stage of writing mine:
Pete Rose Medieval Nights
Narrative piece, describing four nights
based on 14th century dance tune, Belicha
four movements Rough Session at the Round Table uses one of the Belicha themes. Belicha is an estampie, and you can hear the stamping beat, which then becomes almost expressionless and like an automaton.
Meditation reminiscent of monkish singing, low hum, recorder and voice, in and out of phase.
Dozing off While Reading a Book lurching between two ideas as if drifting, then hauling self back, finally becoming an apparently randomly repeated pair of notes, ending in a snore.
Wild Party! more stamping, from a distance, coming closer and more and more raucous and exuberant, finishing with a limping romp; as this subsides, the meditative chant is heard once again, dying away in the distance.
Sarabande and 4 doubles
Theme slow, late baroque sarabande, no longer the racy Spanish dance which so shocked the authorities when it was first developed. First variation melody sits an octave above the harmonic accompaniment, the second is a dancing arpeggiated double, in the third the rhythm changes to triplets, and in the final movement Quantz turns the whole idea upside down, making the melody into an accompanying part to the counter-melody coming in off the beat.
Shinohara Fragmente rich in avant garde techniques, the piece breaks free from the confinement of rhythmic and melodic considerations, focusing instead on texture and free expression, even giving the player a choice in ordering the fourteen different fragments. Textures vary from sustained legato quartertone shifts around a relatively narrow range through tone bends and glissandi, to twittering leaps of challenging intervals, the use of chords, and agitated vibrato and use of random chittering playing. *
*ie, 'orrible piece which makes a lot of noise and no sense, hehe....
there were a couple of other pieces too, but this material provided the basis for what I did. For some reason Trinity awarded me the LGSMD instead of LTCL, but it comes to the same thing
. I was told off for programming these three pieces in a row, as it happens, because they were all unaccompanied - my two accompanied ones sandwiched these. Good luck