• Simon Holt
  • eco-pavan (1998)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Comissioned by the London Sinfonietta and the BBC

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  • piano
  • 15 min

Programme Note

Eco-pavan is scored for solo piano, bass flute, heckelphone, harp, cimbalom, one percussionist (playing tuned gongs and cowbells mainly), mandolin, viola and bass. The title comes from a section in my opera The Nightingale’s to blame but this piece shares none of the material from that piece. The piece is essentially an enhanced piano piece of fourteen minutes duration – the ensemble echoing the sound of the piano and the material in the piece echoing itself. The louder outbursts are intended to bring into relief the essentially slow quiet of the piece.

eco-pavan is dedicated to Jo Kondo – a friend and fine composer of extraordinary integrity.

© Simon Holt

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