4 pearls


4 Pearls was written for the Swedish quartet The Peärls Before Swïne Experience in 2007. I was told they liked to play short pieces. I wrote two Pearls, which must have lasted about forty seconds total. After hearing them played, I decided to write two more Pearls, thereby making the whole thing about 2 1/2 minutes long. After several years of writing long (and in some cases, very long) pieces, it was a treat to be dealing with miniature form again. They are written using a method I came up with about ten years ago, whereby pitches are serialised and durations are determined by chance operations.

Christopher Butterfield CA

Christopher Butterfield lives in Victoria BC, where he teaches in the School of Music and the Department of Visual Arts. Recent activities include singing Socrate, by Erik Satie; mentoring the Arraymusic Young Composers Workshop; judging the Gaudeamus International Composers Award and mentoring the Young Composers Meeting ‘de Ereprijs’, both in the Netherlands. Future activities include organizing a festival for John Cage’s 100th birthday with the Victoria Symphony, Open Space and UVic, and curating an exhibition about his life at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; translating Théatre by Paris Dada Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes; composing new works for Aventa Ensemble and Arraymusic, and trying to stay devoted to long-term projects.

Christopher Butterfield