SM016: Bugs for Solo Harp

Bugs (for solo harp)
Paul Patterson

Cover Image of Bugs by Paul PattersonBugs Op. 93
I Late-night Ant-ics
II The lonely Locust
III Mosquito Massacre

Bugs is a three-movement showpiece encompassing a number of stylistic idioms. Its somewhat humorous name and movement titles suggest that it is a lighthearted work taking a sideways look at the fate of three much-maligned little creatures: the ant, the locust and the mosquito!

Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music Harp Department and First performed by Catrin Finch at the Royal Academy of Music Harp Showcase November 2003.

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Summary

Bugs  (for solo harp)
by Paul Patterson
Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music Harp Department
First performed by Catrin Finch at the Royal Academy of Music Harp Showcase November  2003

Bugs may be viewed as a sequel to Paul Patterson's earlier harp piece, Spiders (1985).

The Royal Academy of Music's Harp Department, keen to have a second solo piece from Patterson, commissioned him to write a new work for its Harp Gala Day on 27 November 2003. Bugs is a three-movement showpiece encompassing a number of stylistic idioms. Its somewhat humorous name and movement titles suggest that it is a lighthearted work taking a sideways look at the fate of three much-maligned little creatures: the ant, the locust and the mosquito! Each movement explores many different and wide-ranging harp techniques. The opening "Late-night Ant-ics is set as a cortège with the ants making their relentless passage in a cool, carefree manner, with an unexpectedly groovy disposition! With its heavy swing beat, jazz-inflected harmonies and pedal pitch bends, this movement sports an alluring attitude!  The Lonely Locust is sad and lonely, contemplating on what might have been: the missed feast and the longing to rejoin the swarming multitude. He reflects on his sorry plight in a lilting, melancholic lament making extensive use of sharp harmonic twists and shifts. Rapid bisbigliando effects and avant-garde techniques including glissandi with the tuning key characterise the concluding Mosquito Massacre. As the title implies, there is great drama afoot........but to reveal more would spoil the conspiracy: suffice to say, there are numerous surprises in store as the mosquitoes head for combat!  

Notes by Paul Pellay.

Audio Clip


Mosquito Massacre performed by Catrin Finch
on her CD Live - Byw
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Score Information

Composer/Arranger: Paul Patterson
Instrumentation: Pedal Harp
Level: Advanced
Format: Stapled
Size: 9" x 12"
Total Pages in covers: 28
ISBN: M-57005-651-4
Our Ref: SM016
Publisher: Josef Weinberger
Edition/Year: 2003
Origin: UK

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