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  • (a) Sheng, Accordion (2003)

  • (b) Clarinet in Bb, Accordion (2010)

  • (c) Recorder, Accordion (2010)

  • Duration 8 min.

  • First performance (a) on October 4, 2003, in Royaumont, France by Wu Wei, sheng and Pascal Contet, accordion

  • First performance (b) on September 2, 2010, in Helsinki, Finland by Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson, clarinet and Andrea Carola Kiefer, accordion

  • First performance (c) on February 15, 2011, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Eva Gemeinhardt, recorder and Vincent van Amsterdam, accordion

I participated in the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles composition course in 2003. For this event, the task was to write new experimental music theatre pieces. I imagined the two players in the medieval Royaumont Abbey acting as gatekeepers, examining and blocking musical material and textures. Soon it became clear that the music theatre theme was not so popular amongst the participants; I also scrapped the idea and wrote a purely instrumental work. However, the title stuck. TR, 2022

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