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Textures and spoken word, although a big melody does enter at 2:58.
Shadows’ is the third movement from ‘Discourses of COVID’, a work commissioned by Alan Swain (Principal Bass Trombone – WNO) for his ‘EDGE Radio’ show after hearing my ‘Discourses of Brexit’. The full work is planed as a suite of movements, and just a concept at the moment. ‘Discourses of COVID’ continues to explore the trombone with interactive technology and the spoken word. This movement came about after seeing the moving scenes of a crying nurse, struggling to control herself whilst trying to convey her experiences of COVID19.
All sounds (including the opening intro and the bird-like delayed flutters) come from live processing of the trombone sound -even the fixed media voice samples react to the articulations, dynamics and phrasing of the player, so each performance is hopefully unique.
I’d like to dedicate this piece to my Uncle, Jeff Boorer who is currently very ill in hospital. As a fantastic clarinettist, teacher, musician, and ex-Royal Marine bandsman,