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Preparations for coma

Preparations for Coma (1974/ rev. 1993)

Preparations for Coma, the only work in which I ever used the twelve-tone system, was written before I even studied composition. For my high school writing assignments I was accustomed to use imaginary words, which were intended to evoke certain feelings in the reader. Regularly I would receive the assignments back with a red line through the words and the remark, “doesn’t exist” written by the teacher in the margins. I remained faithful to this habit, however, as the title Preparations for Coma testifies.

      Preparations for Coma, 4'28


The typewriter part was written for an original Underwood. This instrument is heared on the CD-recording.

Harry Sparnaay and Polo de Haas, worldpremiere 1974

Ap-Art Duet 2016 (click on the photo)

“Robert Nasveld’s droll Preparations for Coma for bass clarinet and typewriter (1974/rev. 1993) gener- ated much amusement using a typewriter as a percussion instrument set against extreme melodic lines on bass clarinet.”
Paul Conway (Musical Opinion Quarterly 2017)