In focus (1999)

For wind quintet, trumpet, trombone, percussion-tubular bells, 1 low timpani, sizzle cymbal, bass drum, snare drum; piano and string quintet.

Also transcription for flute, 2 Bb clarinets, bassoon, 2 percussionists (one playing vibraphone, one playing tubular bells, sizzle cymbal & marimba), guitar, viola and 'cello

The inspiration for this composition came from an idea of representing camera work (in cinematography) in slow motion, through music. There are two main objects, one static and one which moves. The composition is a journey from the static to the moving, but while the focus shifts from one to the other, there is a point at which neither is in focus. Towards the end there is a progressive layering of the ideas heard previously, which are gradually resolved in the final chord.

* Winner of the Lutoslawski Composition Prize 

* Chosen to represent British Young Composers in the 2001 Paris Conservatoire Composition Festival

First Performance: 30th September 1999, The Guildhall New Music Ensemble/dir. Jason Lai, Music Hall, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Duration c. 7'


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Tabakova- In focus (1999)

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