- chamber ensemble of 4 players
- Mixed Chamber Ensemble
- cl - pno - vln.vlc
- First Performance
- 25.11.93, St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK: Lynsey Marsh/Anthony Marwood/Louise Hopkins/Thomas Adès
Piano score and parts 0-571-51897-4 on sale
- Programme Notes
Catch structures itself around various combinations of the four instruments. There are several games going on: at the start, the clarinet is the outsider, the other three are the unit, then, after a decoy entry, the clarinet takes the initiative. All four then play jovial ‘pig-in-the-middle’ with each other. The clarinet is then phased out leaving a sullen piano and cello, with interjections based on the clarinet’s original tune. This slower passage gradually mutates back into fast music, and this time the game is in earnest: the piano is squeezed out, only to lure the clarinet finally into the snare of its own music.