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Blunt Instruments is a continuation of some of the
ideas which have preoccupied my recent instrumental music. There is much
camouflage and subterfuge in the orchestration, with sounds blending into
each other, often creating hybrid sonorities. Throughout, sounds and textures
are as important to the musical fabric as thematic and melodic elements,
and likewise they hold structural significance. In some respects, this piece
is the 'Mr. Hyde' to an earlier work, Broken Instruments.
In that piece, the general mood was somewhat delicate and fragile. Blunt
Instruments, while having its moments of repose, is much more boisterous
and hard-edged- hence the title.