for five players
flute (= piccolo), clarinet in Bb (= Eb clarinet), percussion (1 player), violin, 'cello
First performance: 24 March 2001, Brunel Ensemble, cond: Christopher Austin/St.Georges, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK
Listen to an extract below, performed by the London Sinfonietta.
"Lloyd Moore’s ultra-articulate quintet ‘Quint’, simply couldn’t be held back."
"…a joyful, playful prestissimo, which seemed downright cheerful and which closed pointedly and effectively."
The first concrete musical idea I had for this piece was a very simple one: the interval of a perfect fifth, A-E. I then decided to employ the three ‘black’ notes contained within that interval (B flat, D flat, E flat) to form a five-note motivic cell that furnishes the melodic and harmonic content of the entire piece. The black-note/white-note harmonic ambiguity that results drives the piece forward in a restless moto perpetuo, beginning somewhat hesitantly, but gradually becoming more decisive before flaring up towards the end in a passage of barely contained violence.