flute and clarinet
composed in 1993
dedication: for Cathrine and Helen Saunders
Somerset, c. 1993, Cathrine and Helen Saunders
GYMEL-A was written for Cathrine and Helen Saunders; the title reflects their relationship as twins. The piece is in four movements of more or less equal length, which may be played in any order, number, or combination.
II. Twinsong I (Metutinel)
IV. Twinsong II (Nocturnal)
Some use is made of notated rubato, which inyolves inclined or forking ligatures indicating accelerando or ritenuto within a phrase.The upward inclining ligatures denote an increase in speed; a downward inclination means a decrease.Points of coincidence between the players in such situstions are shown by short barlines between the staves. Irrational values with dotted brackets show approximations to the general pulse in force at the time. In I and III, phrase structure is emphasised by short, thick barlines between the staves.The clarinet part is transposed.