time I had finished work on Confetti Medley the area around my
desk had come to resemble the grounds of a churchyard on a wedding day, covered
as it was by a carpet of tiny punched holes of paper. The two music box
mechanisms in the piece play separate melodies which are produced by manually
rotating strips of perforated paper, not unlike the principal of the player
intrigued by the idea of slowing down – when does a melody stop being a melody
and become just individual, isolated sounds? There is something very poignant
about those last, dying moments when a wind-up music box can barely push out
clarinets act as resonators throughout the piece; freezing that moment of
fragility where the music teeters between the horizontal and the vertical and
stretching it out.
Medley was commissioned by the Scottish
Clarinet Quartet with funds from the Scottish Arts Council, Hope Scott Trust
and RVW Trust and first performed by them at the St. Andrew's and St George's, Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, 28th August 2005.