Inspired by my mother’s quilting practices, Quilt I was patched together using both isorhythym and fugue. The talea (rhythm) of the isorhythm was derived from length of the seams in the house-quilt pattern that my mother uses, and the colour (pitches) were taken from the trouvere chanson de toile “Belle Doette.” On top of this I built a fugue.
The two movements are designated by the medieval terms for the front and back of a manuscript page; recto and verso. The movements can be played in either order. Simple multiphonics are used in both the clarinet and flute parts.
Recto: chanson de toile
Verson: chanson d’etoile