Cup and Saucer in the Path of a Mechanical Insect

ENS.2004.1 | Completed 1.14.04 | 16’
Any 4 Equal Instruments

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Cup and Saucer in the Path of a Mechanical Insect

I have always been fascinated by patterns, and in 2003 I began a series of pieces made entirely from eighth notes. Cup and Saucer in the Path of a Mechanical Insect, the second work utilizing this approach, consists of a network of relationships between independently conceived harmonic and rhythmic cells superimposed upon one another.

This piece takes its wonderfully awkward title from the drawing by Edward Gorey that inspired this jerky, spindly yet oddly relentless music. Compositionally Cup and Saucer is completely unified, seeking a structure whose totality reflects its every constituent element.

Cup and Saucer in the Path of a Mechanical Insect may be performed by any four of the same instrument, and lasts about fifteen minutes.