Group 1: Fl, Cl, CA, Alto Sax, Hn, Tpt, Tbn
Group 2: AFl, BCl, Bn, Tenor Sax, Hn, Tpt, Tbn
Group 3: Piano, 2 Percussion
Duration: 18 minutes
Commissioned by the Varèse Ensemble
Spaces is written for three instrumental groups: two groups of wind instruments situated on either side of a piano and percussion group. The wind instruments are often used antiphonally, the exploration of the spacial and directional qualities of sound being a feature of this piece. The music is in three sections separated by short solos for piano and percussion. The two outer sections have a timeless quality: the opening part is built entirely from two chords and the closing section from ascending and descending scales. The central part alternates and combines three more dynamic types of music: melodic lines, brass fanfares and wave patterns.
Spaces ... filled with pleasant sounds
Paul Griffiths - The Times