Five Canons for Two Drums
Work nos. 5–9
Many of my earliest pieces were canons, but these were among the first I felt completely sure about. With no tempo or dynamics indications, playable on any drums or drum-like instruments, they were a joy to make: pure rhythm, and pure music, because I'm fairly certain there were no real life circumstances inspiring these pieces. I did have nicknames for them, though: no. 3 was "Silence", and no. 5 was "Matter" – the latter word might have been on my mind because of the eponymous Iain Banks novel, then recently published.
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