snapshot of score of 60 Minims

60 Minims

for trumpet and General MIDI — 1995, a 60th birthday present for Elgar Howarth

As I took my bow after the slightly unfortunate Barbican performance of my mass of semiquavers, Double Entendre, the conductor Elgar Howarth said to me, ‘For God’s sake, Chris, write some minims!’ I took him at his word and, for his sixtieth birthday wrote this piece, in which the solo trumpet plays exactly sixty minims and nothing else. What goes on in the MIDI is, however, another matter!

The original audio realisation I made of this is now lost — and in any case the ‘master’ was only on a cassette! — so I’ve decided to have another look at it and do a new realisation. Then, if I think the piece deserves it, I might make an arrangement for trumpet and some sort of ensemble. We shall see…

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