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Composer: Hansell, Philip

Publisher: Phylloscopus Publications (England)

Edition: PP570


So Low
for unaccompanied contrabassoon
by Philip Hansell (b. 1962)- English composer

So Low depicts of four-minute open-air "mooch". It consists of two ideas, each derived from the same eight-bar harmonic scheme which cycles throughout: a walking bass and a cantabile reply. The piece is essentially a set of variations on these two ideas. As befits a good "mooch", the mood is optimistic, even when the terrain becomes a little rough, after figure F. So Low was performed by Glyn Williams at the 8th London New Wind Festival in November 2005.