Great Rivers for Solo Electric Basson
Great Rivers for Solo Electric Basson


The score contains 12 rectangular boxes. Each rectangle consists of a set of integers located within the box, and a musical directive(s) below the box.

The integers used in the score were drawn from 12 great rivers of the world. The rivers are listed above each rectangle. The integers in each rectangle are determined by the letters in the alphabet which spell-out the name of each river. The letter 'a' corresponds to the number 1, the letter 'b' to 2, and so on. The musical directives were suggested by various patterns which characterize the river, or specific location along the river.

Play a sound-group for each integer located within a rectangle. Integers within rectangles represent the number of sounds to be played for each sound-group. Each integer corresponds to a single sound-group and indicates the number of sounds to be played for that group.

Larger integers may be subdivided for ease of counting.

A sound-group contains a succession of sounds. Sound-groups may consist of varied and contrasting patterns, melodic patterns, rhythmic patterns, ascending and descending patterns, shaped phrases and gestures, repeated patterns, repeated tones, etc.

Musical elements for each sound-group such as pitch, dynamics, tempo, and articulation are free, unless otherwise designated by the musical directive.

The musical directive(s) below each box defines the overall manner in which the sound-groups within that box are to be played.

Any arpeggio, tremolo, trill, triplet, etc. counts as one sound.

Play each sound-group independently of any other. Any sound-group may or may not be followed by a silence. Fractional silences may occur within a single sound-group.

Overall, silences between sound-groups and between 'rivers' should be varied to preserve the continuity of the music. Varied silences should range from a fraction of a second to several seconds.

Read all rectangular boxes from left to right, top to bottom (small numbers 1-12).

Signal processing devices or techniques should be employed as timbral enhancement to the music. In general, the bassoon should be dominant, while the electronically processed sounds play a supporting role.