Coming Home

Vanessa Lann

Year

1994


Duration

15'


Instrumentation

mezzo-soprano - recorder (=soprano recorder, tenor recorder, bass recorder), clarinet (=bass clarinet), trombone, electric guitar, piano (=synthesizer), percussion, violin, double bass


Genre

Guitar in the Ensemble


Text/Libretto

Richard Lann


Dedication

Maarten Altena Ensemble


Commission

Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst


Premiere

Groningen, The Netherlands, De Oosterpoort, December 1994: Maarten Altena Ensemble


Publisher

Donemus


Source

composer homepage; Muziekgroep Nederlands website; Vanessa Lann correspondence;


Details

"Coming Home is a piece for improvising ensemble. It is based on a short poem of my father's about cycles and nature. There is a primary guitar role because after the first section, when players hold specific notes for amounts of time related to how long they can hold their breath (the notes and the order of the players' entrances are fixed, but not the timing), the second section is a warped, pop-like riff, begun by a naughty guitar, who builds it up further and further until he is actually singing along in the third section, while the other players are returning to their original notes and doing other improvisational things."

- Vanessa Lann (from: correspondence)