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"Whether singing, humming, sputtering or tapping, McGowan was a veritable master class in contemporary flute tone production, including passages using the faint clicking, percussive effect of the keys." - Bruce Hodges

six pièces mécaniques


six players

clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone
bass clarinet
trumpet in Bb

Duration: 15'

Written for Calefax and Eric Vloeimans 

Commissioned by the Performing Arts Fund NL, Netherlands

1. binaire 
2. déviation 
3. jusqu’à
4. n’est-ce pas spatial?
5. Les nerds vont mener le monde
6. usine à ga

Movement 4:

Movement 5:

"The very witty 'six pièces mécaniques' from the American-Dutch composer Ned McGowan. This composition, written in 2012 for On The Spot, has to be seen in person, as it exists of a row of theatrical musical games. With it, McGowan introduces his own way of improvisation. In the score are barely any notes, but all the more rules - and new instructions for positions on the podium for every section. A range of imitation, bullying, and power games come by, where the audience discovers each rule hidden in the music in the course of each part. This fits Calefax and Vloeimans like a glove."

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