Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

Rewind 2022

wind quartet

Written for Boxwood and Brass as part of the Henfrey Prize 2022 and first performed by Boxwood and Brass at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Duration

7'

Scoring

2 clarinets in Bb, horn in Eb & bassoon

Ideally all instruments should be of the Classical era, specifically those used during Mozart’s lifetime.

Programme Note

Rewind refers to both the act of looking back and re-engaging with a former musical time and the actual process of rewinding and fast-forwarding a recording. The Henfrey Prize asked the shortlisted candidates to compose a new work for the period instrument ensemble Boxwood and Brass. After deliberating how I should compose a modern composition for historic instruments, I felt that the most compelling direction was to engage with the music designed for these instruments, specifically the Adagio from Mozart’s “Gran Partita”. Initially I created a digital composition by playing around with a recording of the wind serenade. Specifically, I used a granular synthesizer which enables the possibility to independently alter time and pitch without distortion allowing for “unnatural” sounding outcomes. This includes the somewhat seasick sensation when a slowing down excerpt of music goes up in pitch rather than down as would be the case in analogue synthesis. In addition to reducing Mozart’s 13-piece ensemble to 4 players, I had the challenging task of reimagining a complex digital composition into a live concert work.

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