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Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

Performance from the premiere by Psappha Ensemble

Dots 2014

small ensemble 

Commissioned by Psappha Ensemble and the Anthony Burgess Foundation and first performed at the Anthony Burgess Foundation on the 4th July 2014 by Psappha Ensemble, conducted by the composer.




trombone | congas | double bass (amplified)  

Programme Note 

Dots is a homage to the witty poem Words Getting in the Way by Anthony Burgess. In his writing, the protagonist, overwhelmed by the complexity of language, is unable to express his love, reflecting on Burgess’s tongue in cheek attitude to both his life and work. In my piece, the poem is retold with the notated music ‘getting in the way’. I have also brought out the physical suggestions in the poem by modelling the composition on a lively and sensual Cuban dance , the Guaguanco. As well as musical characteristics from Latin America, I have also drawn upon jazzy flavours featured in a number of compositions by Anthony Burgess.  


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Perusal Score

Please note that this music is in copyright and it is illegal to copy or perform from the perusal score. 

Performance History 

4th July 2014 - Psappha Ensemble, Anthony Burgess Foundation 

13 June 2018 - Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall 

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