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AN ISLAND WE NEVER LEAVE (2019)
An unrelenting barrage of virtuosity for solo live flute and three pre-recorded flutes, assembled using simple rudiments from folk traditions transcribed and fragmented from various well-known performances and recorded oral histories in Ireland, Japan, Norway, and Slovakia.
CALLS OF CLOSE AND AWAY (2017)
Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, Hrn
The first in a set of pieces for woodwind quintet that collage fragments of 18th-century French hunting calls used by Louis XIII (a patron of the arts who enjoyed killing for sport), and bugle calls used for communication in American wars throughout the 20th-century.
POEMS OF SHEER NOTHINGNESS (2013)
Sop, Fl, Cl, Vln, Vcl, Pno
Five troubadour verses on the subject of songwriting in their original Occitan, carefully scattered among transcribed and fragmented audio recordings of Helgeson's work sessions while setting them, creating music that's a poetic record of its own making.
BRIEF REGARDS FOR SOMETIMES (2006)
2 Vln, Vla, Vcl
Five pieces using fragmented transcriptions of early wax cylinders — a distorted recording of an unknown fiddle tune, marches played simultaneously in the distance, a quiet chorale sung outdoors by residents of an old folks home, an anonymous rendition of Ravel's String Quartet in F Minor, and a brief clock chime surrounded by noisey silence.
WRITING ON A MANUSCRIPT (OF JS BACH) (2003)
Vln, Vla, Vcl
Imaginary realizations of JS Bach's manuscript facsimiles for his three-part keyboard invention in F minor, interpreted as a sequence of graphic scores, cut up into scraps, and then strung together as music for string trio.
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