Recouping or Recouping (2006) - 7 minutes
Written for the New Perspectives Ensemble
for ensemble [1.1.2(II=bcl).2(II=cbsn) - - perc(2) - pno - harpsichord -]

Programme Note
The 1980’s saw an enormous increase in the number of educational videos put out by various government bodies and private organisations with the goal of steering children clear of the diverse pitfalls of childhood. While most of these focused on the most immediate and perilous threats – A.I.D.S., talking to strangers, and any number of variations on “This is your brain, this is your brain on drugs” – some aimed to help children with the more day-to-day problems of growing up.

In the educational (and motivational) video “Be Somebody or Be Somebody’s Fool” Mr. T— in his role as Dr. T— helps children determine what to do to recoup their losses in embarrassing and “absoludicrous” situations. Recouping or Recouping is about making the best out of a bad situation. One out of one Dr. T’s recommend it.

Performance History
July 5, 2006 - New Perspectives Ensemble, Clement Power, conductor, Royal College of Music, London, UK