Edward Rushton Game/No Game (2000)
For piano trio
Game/No Game was conceived as a piece that children could respond to, in view of the Schubert Ensemble’s extensive education work. The idea of several bite-sized movements gradually distilled into a three-part, then a two-part plan. Finally the two halves became so inseparable that they now merge and overlap such that the seams may not be noticeable. The first half is a sort of free-form romp, starting with a mock-innocent lecture by the piano, then developing the themes through various episodes in the manner of some strange children’s game; the second is in the form of a huge tear falling slowly from top to bottom of the piano.
© Edward Rushton
Game/No Game was commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble and first performed by them at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon on 18th October 2000.