Pantaloon is the 8th movement of Seven Ages of Man, a large scale 70-minute work scored for Jazz Sextet and String Orchestra. The album exists at the intersection between the worlds of classical music and jazz and takes the listener on a continuous musico-dramatic journey through the stages of human life. It was written for the acclaimed jazz-musician Tim Garland (soprano/tenor sax and bass clarinet), a contemporary of Paul’s at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the late 80s. Tim performs as the principal soloist with Jason Rebello on piano and Jonny Mansfield on vibraphone.
A detailed article about the album (which will be released on 6th October 2023) appears in the latest project section on the home page.
Pantaloon, represents the 6th Age of Man, a character introduced by Shakespeare in the ‘All the Worlds a Stage’ speech about the ‘Seven Ages of Man’. It’s a ternary form piece in which the utterances of the bass clarinet in the outer sections attempt to convey some of the semi-humorous irritation associated with the realisation of one’s declining physicality. However, as we move into the middle section, we experience the individual’s dawning awareness of their own mortality with a heartfelt lyrical theme in the tenor sax as they come to terms with this new reality.