The title refers to the effect produced by tiny motivic fragments which make up the work. These are repeated over and over, transformed through being placed in a different context each time. I chose the two pairs of instruments for their strongly contrasted character, as I have always been interested in the drama of opposites. The ‘cool’ flute and passionate cello provide the lyrical melodic element and the gentle harp and agile vibraphone the harmonic and colouristic one, though sometimes these roles are reversed.
This work won the 1983 Finzi Award and was first performed in the New MacNaghten Transatlantic Connections series, by the Endymion Ensemble.
All purchases of Fox's album Paths will include a free download code for this track in the accompanying booklet.
Recorded at Stapleford Granary, Cambridge on 24, 25 and 27 November 2018
DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer & Mastering
KATE ROMANO Producer & Artistic Director for Goldfield Productions
Catalogue number: NMC D254
Release Date: 28 June 2019