Andrew Lewis



for flute, clarinet, piano and electronics

Date of composition: 2016

Duration: 12 min

Format: flute (alto fl), clarinet in Bb (bass cl), piano, electronics

Premiere: 16 February 2016, Cardiff, Wales (UK)
Xenia Pestova / Carla Rees / Heather Roche
Contemporary Voices, Cardiff University

Score: available from Composers' Edition
F score

Software: Download the performance software here (355MB)

Straatmuziek premiere – Carla Rees, Heather Roche and Xenia Pestova (Video by Andrew Mabey)

Programme note: (download as PDF)

Den Haag, November, night.
An escalator sings.
Street music.

Straatmuziek began life as a recording of a squealing escalator I encountered late one night in The Hague, connecting the deserted elevated tramway with the equally deserted street below. Each time the escalator completed a loop, it intoned the same melancholy song, which appeared to obey its own arcane and other-wordly rules of melody and harmony. It seemed to me to be a perfect example of how strange beauty can often emerge from the apparently lifeless and mundane, and how the human spirit transcends the inert matter that contains it.

Straatmuziek was premiered in 2016 by Xenia Pestova, Carla Rees and Heather Roche in Cardiff University's 'Contemporary Voices' series.