Instrumentation: Woodwind Quintet
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A Fragment Unfurled is based on a very brief melodic idea that is gradually revealed over the course of the piece. The work uses only the five pitches of that melody: E, F#, G, A, and B (all in one octave). In addition to the melodic unfolding that occurs, the piece represents a prolongation and expansion of the initial F#, which is always being played by at least one instrument until the last chord. The four remaining pitches of the melody are gradually introduced around that central F#, creating a slowly changing sonic landscape out of which the melodic voices eventually emerge.