Commissioned by London Sinfonietta with funds partly provided by the Arts Council of England

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Programme Note

Writing Landscape and Memory for solo horn and chamber orchestra I rediscovered an idea that first came to fruition in my piece Path to Othona, written in 1982. In both compositions the listener is invited to hear the work, not necessarily as a 'right to left' musical continuity of thematic and temporary development, but rather as an exploration in 'frozen time' of a complex multi-layered musical landscape, where both background and foreground detail are perceived from endlessly changing perspectives. The listener is in effect walking through and around the musical 'objects'.

I see this 'sculptural' listening process as being somewhat similar to finding oneself in the middle of a strange and completely unknown city, a labyrinth of roads and passageways. By slowly traversing this alien environment, one begins to remember recurring landmarks and from a virtual perception on one's surroundings, a linear pathway of connection gradually unfolds.

I have taken the liberty of using the title of Simon Schama's book, because it so admirably illustrated the intention behind this work.

© Simon Bainbridge