Oboe (doubling English Horn), Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet), Horn, Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Contrabass
Duration: ca. 10 minutes
Publisher: C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67811
Hayes Biggs’ When You are Reminded by the Instruments (1997) is in no way as windy as the title. There is a sense of Stravinsky about it, with its eccentric rhythmic design, whimsical and scherzo-like at first. When it turns form chordal movement to long unison lines marked by sharp bell-like accents, also eccentric and unpredictable, there’s a feeling of an Asian influence or reference. The style and the work are fresh and distinctive, the shape and sense of achievement at the end very satisfying.