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Andrew McBirnie - Mechanical

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Andrew McBirnie (b. 1971) – Mechanical (2008)

>Mechanical was written in 2008 for rarescale, who first performed the work in December the same year. Based on an earlier movement for violin and cello duo and lasting a little under 2 minutes, it is characterised by a motoric, repeating note figure (which provides ample challenges in articulation for the players), around which dance barely-glimpsed motivic fragments, before the music comes to a sudden, arbitrary halt.

Mechanical was premiered by rarescale on 13 December 2008 at Shoreditch Church, London

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