for reed quintet
Perpetual Motion is a short, lighthearted sonic exploration of interlocking rhythms across multiple parts in a chamber ensemble. The piece features a texture at the beginning that is meant to blur any sense of pulse, moving between different odd meters with each instrument emphasizing different points of each measure. The bass clarinet features as a soloist. A stark, pointillistic middle section clears things up before bringing the rest of the instruments into the melodic material. After a transition based on the “circle of fifths” the music returns to the introductory material to end the piece.
Recording by Calefax Reed Quintet.