Work no. 191
This is one of the satellite pieces of Many Pink Butterflies, derived from that work's Solo VI. Each solo in MPB is about a minute long, and explores a single compositional technique. A satellite piece based on a solo develops that technique further. In this case, the technique was retrograde statements: the same melodies played forwards and backwards, sometimes one after another, other times after an intermission, or only using a fragment of the original for its retrograde statement. I was thinking of camouflage in nature, animals hiding in plain sight by mimicking their surroundings. That's what I wanted to happen in the piece, and that's how it's structured: there is a theme and three variations, each using a different way of obscuring the theme, until, at the very end of the piece, it's almost completely undetectable.
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