Taireva (We were talking) (1983)

for viola (or flugelhorn), cello, harpsichord (or prepared piano) and two stereo tapes

African Journal No 5
Dedicated to Jonathan and Helen
Duration: c. 10'00"


First performance: Thursday 29 November 1984; United Kingdom; Metanoia: Jonathan Impett flugelhorn, Helen Verney cello, Michael Blake prepared piano, John Whiting sound projectionperformance details.

Programme note

Taireva (meaning 'We were talking' or 'We shall speak out') is a traditional piece found in the repertoire of Shona mbira players (in the south of Zimbabwe). I have written my own variations on 'Taireva' for muted flugelhorn, cello, prepared piano and two stereo tapes, the fifth piece in the cycle 'African Journal''.