For double wind quintet (2222/2000)
between gentle, predominantly chordal music, and a wilder, sometimes harsh and
more linear style. Sometimes the ten wind players function as two separate wind
quintets, one group echoing the other's phrases or adding colour to a particular
moment in a paragraph. At other times, they function as a more homogenous group.
Throughout the piece, all players are of equal importance, the second player
having material that is as demanding as the first.
Lucid is a purely abstract piece of music, inspired by nothing but the clear, colourful sounds of wind instruments, and the forms and textures of music itself. Its title, with its connotations of light and clarity, is simply the first of the four words at the top of the score which direct the performers as to the style of the first section - 'Lucid, gentle, but lively'.