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Iain Matheson Kaleidoscope (2006) 13'
2222 2200 Str

All Contributors: Iain Matheson (composer)
First performed on: 9 Dec 2006
First performed by: New Edinburgh Orchestra / Tim Paxton
First performed at: Edinburgh
Notes: Written for Tim Paxton and the New Edinburgh Orchestra.

Programme Note:

Kaleidoscope







When I was wee I had a kaleidoscope.



Its shifty shapes amazed me,



evoking strange and fabulous things.



I didn't know how it worked - magic, surely.







At school years later in a science class



we took a kaleidoscope apart.



Slim mirrors, crumbs of glass - nothing more.



Fascinating and appalling;



how could this reductionist jumble



add up to such magic?







Las year I bought another kaleidoscope.



All the old thrill came back as I peered into its one eye;



no less magical now that I know how the trick is done.







In the same way that my kaleidoscope makes pattersn,



this music creates patterns from fragments:



in fact just one fragment -



a single chord-shape heard from the different perspectives



of Brass, Woodwind, Strings.



One small piece of sound



manipulated in musical mirrors,



Repetition, Canon, Inversion;



celebrating the tricks time plays.







IGM