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Desert Miniatures: Insects (Score & Parts)-3BSN

Composer: McClure, Robert

Publisher: Imagine Music

Edition: BCMW162


Desert Miniatures: Insects (2012)
for three bassoons
by Robert McClure (b.1984)- American composer
I. Many-Hued Grasshopper
II. Cactus Bee
III. Arizona Red Spotted Purple
IV. Fire Ant

Desert Miniatures was commissioned by the Trio Sonora: Robert BeDont, Travis Jones, and Martin VonKlompenberg. The piece reflects on the composer's time living in Tucson, AZ and all of the different types of insects that thrive in the Sonoran Desert. Each miniature selects a particular behavior or quality each insect possesses and explores it musically. Separate from the musical depiction of the insects was the central concept quasi-unison and the hyper-instrument. Instead of treating the three parts as individual important and mutually exclusive, the parts work together to form an imaginary instrument capable of polyphonic sound production. Through micro-polyphony and rhythmic irregularity, this hyper-instrument performs quasi-unison gestures that resemble columns of sound rather than melodic lines. 

Winner of the 2015 BCMCC Competition. To view the Youtube video of the premiere, please click here