for Akropolis Reed Quintet at I-Park
Fall and Rise in Three Parts is somewhat Baroque in conception. The opening movement is much like a Baroque Prelude, featuring gradual harmonic movement, ornamented with scalar figuration. The second movement, a Recitative for the bassoon, is transitional. This movement imitates a Baroque solo sonata style, while using the rest of the ensemble to resonate pitches left hanging in the bassoon’s melody. As with a Prelude and Fugue or a French overture, the final section is focused on consistent pulse and imitation. The imitation here, however, is so compressed that the instruments sound as if they are playing with a delay pedal.
The harmonic trajectory of the piece follows a downward curve, essentially meaning the key signature gradually adds flats towards the middle of the piece and returns to the opening key by adding sharps. As the title suggests, this fall and rise of key signatures is divided asymmetrically over three movements.