Notes from the composer
The original version of this music was commissioned, premiered and recorded by the UK-based ensemble, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.
From the eight short movements the composer has taken four and arranged them for flute, tenor saxophone, and harp, which prior to publishing have been performed extensively by the Caliente Trio (Clare Southworth – flute, Lauren Scott – harp, and Andy Scott – saxophone).
The four movements are:
“Easy” – which refers to the American big band term, meaning relaxed, with groove. The flute and tenor sax interact over the rhythmic and harmonic foundations of the harp.
“Line” – brief and virtuosic interplay between flute and tenor sax, with sparse and abrupt additions from the harp.
“Film” – an evocative and gentle piece, with a simply-stated melody.
“Big!” – the title refers to the soundworld that is created, a full sound that is Spanish-influenced, with varying time signatures and intricate ensemble.
These four movements seemed to be obvious choices to arrange from the original guitar quartet work. Musically I could hear them adapting to flute, tenor saxophone and harp, and I felt that they would work in that order, creating a sense of journey during the course of nine minutes.
I would encourage everyone to listen to the fine recording of the original pieces, on the CD ‘Dances’ by the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.