False Steps (1982)
ob, pno, perc, vcl, db
duration: 10 minutes
Commissioned by Lynx Dance Company with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain
First performed (in concert version) by the New Arts Consort at Chapter Theatre, Cardiff on 3 March 1983 with Juliet Abbott (oboe), Andrew Poppy (piano), Clive Malabar (percussion), Janet Reed (cello), Ivor Hodgson (double bass)
Revised 1987 version first performed by the New Arts Consort at Theatr Hafren, Newtown on 5 November 1987
This 'systems' work is palindromic in its rhythmic content as well as the overall structure. The opening and closing sections contain mirror themes of different lengths for each instrument, with the oboe theme forming the basis of the material for the central section.