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The sculpture that gives this trio its name comes from the 1970s and was included at the suggestion of Yorkshire Sculpture Park curator Clare Lilley. In the centenary exhibition this sculpture was specially moved for the music's first performance to enable the audience and performance to surround this beautiful white marble object.

Quiet Form provides a still centre to a sequence of intensely rhythmic and contrapuntal music. Whilst no precise dynamics or articulations are marked the electric keyboard part in particular is made up of harmonic blocks whose resonance should ebb and flow. The alto flute part


should be quietly expressive, savouring opportunities for colourful vibrato and articulation at a dynamic between pianissimo and mezzo-piano. The double bass part may be played arco or pizz or a mixture of the two, but predominantly sul tasto.

Where possible, particularly in live performance, the performers might experiment with ghosting notes, even short phrases, so that the music appears to suddenly disappear in random moments between each part, although each player might 'appear' to be sounding it.

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