#Unassigned (2000)
trumpet and percussion

Since 2000 I have been working on #[unassigned], an ongoing modular composition which takes Lacan's notion of 'rings of a necklace that is a ring in another necklace made of rings' as a starting point. The piece is flexible in its construction, with modules (individual short pieces, drones, fragments, electroacoustic material, silence) being detachable, and appearing in different versions. For example, a version for violin, clarinet and cello may share common units with a version for cello and tuba. I am gradually adding to the reservoir of material that the piece contains with a view to building up an evolving library of material that changes from performance to performance.
James Saunders (b.1972) is a composer and lectures at the University of Huddersfield. Forthcoming projects include a residency at the Heinrich Strobel Studio in Freiburg and a new version of #[unassigned] for Ensemble Modern for Donaueschingen.

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