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Fifteen Images
For Tenor Instrument and Piano

Matt Robinson performing Fifteen Images at PACMF2011 & Alice Fox's accompanying textiles in Taking Time. (Photos: Alice Fox)

In February 2011 The Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival invited Nigel Morgan and Alice Fox to give the Festival Lecture alongside a performance of the Fifteen Images by the jazz pianist Matt Robinson. Simultaneously Alice Fox's physical representation of Fifteen Images in textile-based media joined the Craftspace exhibition Taking Time: Making a Slow Revolution in Craft at Plymouth Museum. As part of Plymouth Museum's programme surrounding Taking Time Nigel Morgan was commissioned by Craftspace and Peninsula Arts to create a ‘Plymouth Version' of Fifteen Images for two performers to premiere in the museum in the final week of the exhibition.

This new score has similarities with the composer's extension of the solo piano suite The White Light of Wonder into a duo for piano and violin called A World of Miracles.  Both scores are the result of algorithmic generation and have the intention not to be solo and accompaniment, but a thoroughly democratic duo. In Fifteen Images as a duo this is extended somewhat by the invitation to use the properties of Active Notation to enable an Open Form performance of the work to be realised. The duo performers are also invited to play some movements as solos, the tenor instrument part has been consistently written to sound complete as an instrumental solo.

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