Invention no.2 was written in 1999 as part of my MMus submission at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
The musical limitations of using electronic delays interested me: in
effect, I had to write a canon. There is only one theme, which, in itself,
is not developed, but is subjected to increasingly busy textures. By simple
means of rhythmic augmentation, increasing the number of parts, introducing
chords based on the pitches of the theme, transposing the delays, and
reducing the time between delays (the parts start a crotchet apart and
end a demisemiquaver apart), the piece builds from relative simplicity
to manic complexity.
For those more technologically minded, the following reproduces the instructions
in the score:
Born in 1977, Jeremy Aknai, who comes from Hertfordshire, UK, began learning the piano at the age of five, and the cello at eleven. At thirteen he started composition lessons at the London College of Music Junior School, and later continued at the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music. As an undergraduate he spent three years studying music at the University of York, gaining a first class BAHons. In 1999, Jeremy completed an MMus in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he was awarded the Lutoslawski prize by Alexander Goehr. Since then, he has taught piano in two schools and is now working for a London music publisher. A varied output includes a Chamber Symphony, song cycles, and chamber music. He has had several successes at competitions, including reaching the finals of ‘BBC Young Musicians’.
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