Nine Tomorrows

1982

For: String Quartet, Harp, Piano, Percussion
Duration: 12 minutes

Written at the end of 1980, this piece shows a continuing interest in spacial music and the new notations required to make it effective. The music contrasts various groups of instruments in different stereophonic or more complex voicings, the positioning of the players on the stage being critical to the result.

The title, Nine Tomorrows, is borrowed from a collection of Asimov short stories, but does not refer to their subject matter only to the nine variants of an unstated theme that the work is built from. These nine variants are grouped in threes to give the overall piece a tri-partite structure.

Reviews

...followed by Tim Ewers' not unimpressive Nine Tomorrows.
Paul Driver - Daily Telegraph