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SuperscriptioComposed by Brian FerneyhoughFor solo piccoloPublished by C.F. Peters Corp.
Preface: The sound of any extremely high or low instrument tends, at least for me, to evoke associations with borders, boundaries, and with whatever lies beyond. Thus, in this little one-movement composition, I attempted to reflect these sensations in such a way as to suggest the fleeting sketching-in of the brittle outline, the trace without dimensions representing some ultimate 'inside of the outside', itself never to be captured in sound. Formally, Superscriptio is built up of interlocking observations of a dense network of precomposed metric and proportional relationships. Notable, perhaps, in this connection is the introduction and extensive employment of such unusual bar-lengths as 3/10, 4/24, 5/20, etc. Variations in texture and momentum are achieved by means of distortion of the complex patterns created by the mobile juxtaposition of such values, as well as by the gradual de-synchronisation of bar-length gestural shaping, dynamic levels and rhythmic density. The composition was written during the latter months of 1981 at the requst of Roberto Fabbriciani, to whom it is dedicated.- Brian Ferneyhough