Suivez la Piste! (1980)
Duration: ca. 6 minutes
Commissioned by Cockpit Music, Inner London Education Authority
This work was written for "Opus Twenty", the contemporary music group of London's Centre for Young Musicians, which McQueen directed during 1980 and '81.
The ensemble of 2 fls; ob; treble rec; 2 cls; 2 hns; tpt; timp; 2 perc; 3 vlns, vla, cello and bass; reflects the composition of the group at that time. There are ten short sections but the tutti is used with restraint. The music let's many time-space and improvised elements rub shoulder with fully notated rhythmic themes, chorale-like harmonies, and counterpoint.
The piece is technically demanding, both individually and in terms of ensemble. It should be approachable, however, for an imaginative and resourceful conductor and players of Associated Board Grade VI and above.
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