Tripotage Miniatures

(2016)

by Anna Meredith

Description
chamber ensemble of 6 players
Duration
12
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
fl(=afl+picc).ob(=ca).cl(=Ebcl) - hn - vla.db
Commission
Co-commissioned by The Radcliffe Trust, NMC Recordings and by Wigmore Hall, with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation.
First Performance
24.09.2016, Wigmore Hall (London, United Kingdom): Aurora Orchestra
Availability

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Programme Notes
Tripotage Miniatures are a collection of 3 duets, 2 trios and a tutti movement for mixed sextet.  Each miniature is around 1-3 minutes long. 
 
The miniatures are exploring different kinds of opacity, glitch, fuzz, shade and grime – imagining underhand dealings that place a sort of filmy surface on top of the material. (My favourite translation of Tripotage from the French is Jiggery Pokery) 
 
Sometimes this filter seems to drain colour- turning the material almost sepia, sometimes it makes ideas a bit murkier – harder to grasp, slippery and falling through the fingers, sometimes it causes moments to stutter and distort and sometimes its about capturing a fleeting feeling of distance, of something out of reach.
 
There are tiny thematic links between the movements but they could also be played individually – its about capturing a moment – even if it’s a slightly shady and disquieting one.
 
© Anna Meredith
 
I              Lanolin                                  Eb Clarinet & Horn
 
II             40 Watt                                 Piccolo & Double Bass
 
III           Moth                                      Alto Flute, Oboe & horn
 
IV           Buzzard                                 Cor Anglais & Viola
 
V             Scrying                                   Bb Clarinet, Viola & Double Bass
 
VI           Majolica                                Tutti (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn, Viola & Double Bass)

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