Let the exertion begin Had enough of this dodgy finger The smell of paraffin cancelled my senses My soul

now has a steady linger
Matthew Lee Knowles January 2009 Dedicated to Markus Wenninger

Performance instructions

There is no suggested or specific duration for this piece. Piano + unspecified instruments

The pianist has the part marked ‘piano/?’only and will always piano/ play the top line, occasionally playing both simultaneously.1 Each ensemble player should be able to see a copy of this. There are four ensemble parts, titled ‘I/IV ’ etc There should be many copies of these four ensemble parts around the players so that they can see at least two different parts all the time. (These parts should be interpreted freely.) Each time the pianist starts a new line they will hold up the corresponding number of fingers, so that each person can see and with a pre-arranged signal will clearly start the new line. The pianist does not always have to be playing. Any other player can start playing that line only at the same time. They cannot start any line without the ‘permission’ of the pianist. Other players, if they decide to play the ‘piano/?’ part should ‘piano/?’ use the bottom line of each section, playing the notes they can.

should regularly, important NB: the tempo should change regularly, it is only important that the line is started together (one person might start line two with the pianist who plays very quickly leaving the other player player to finish their line in their own time)


accidentals only apply to the notes they immediately precede.