(‘Sounding Letters’, 1988) was written as an affectionate fortieth birthday tribute to the cellist Alexander Ivashkin, it is based on letters from the name ‘Alexander’: A–E–A–D–E. More flamboyantly gestural than the Madrigal
, Klingende Buchstaben
nevertheless shares its mournful, soliloquizing tone, ending ambiguously not on the fourth or fifth suggested by the A–E–A–D–E monogram but hovering around the interval of a tritone.
from notes by Pauline Fairclough © 2006