When I was little, I played with Legos.
It’s possible entire summers were spent on the floor of my room, sunlight streaming in, blocks in hand. I never bothered to follow the instructions and just made whatever I felt like. I think that may have influenced my present compositions.
Assembly, for recorder trio, is simply playing with some musical blocks, building new things from the basic materials of a work. Little musical objects (a clockwork rhythm, a murmuring gesture, stillness), are presented in varied states of construction.
Premiered in London, March 2019 Charlotte Barbour-Condini, Tabea Debus, and Olwen Foulkes
(performers in recording below)