Duet explores the differences between the two very distinct ensembles within the work. The harp and tuba serve as the key representatives of these groups, providing the expositional material for each. They are treated independently in the first third of the piece, yet they begin to interact closely as it continues, with the “pulse” material passing between the groups in the central section, and a climactic shared chordal passage at the end.
Ensemble A: piccolo, clarinet in Eb, alto saxophone, bassoon, tuba, percussion. Ensemble B: harp, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, double bass, percussion.
First performed on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 by Will Rose and Ensemble Terra at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.