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Seven Archetypes
For wind quintet

Sometimes music comes from unexpected starting points. When a commission beckons the vocal / instrumental forces and something of the conditions surrounding the performance are usually known. But the ‘idea' that sparks the actual music is often an unknown and can be very elusive.

When I visited the exhibition Natural Makers at Rochdale's Touchstones Gallery I did not know I would come away with that ‘idea'.

In Tool Museum by Sharon Adams I found a collection of functionless tools that were part art objects, part remembrances of things and practices of the past. It was unusual and challenging. What caught my attention was that her tools followed seven different archetypal functions or tasks, and it was this classification that I saw might be directed into forming a collection for musical performance. So such a collection would present the classical wind quintet with starting points from which, with my help, they might ‘make' music.

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