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Simon Holt

Publisher: Chester Music

Klop's last bite (2004)
Commissioned by KlaraFestival Flanders
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
11 Minutes

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Programme Note
Simon Holt Klop's last bite (2004)
In mid 2004, I came across a newspaper article about Peter Ustinov (who had died recently) and it went on to mention his father, who had been a spy during the Second World War known under the codename of Klop, which apparently means bed-bug in Russian. An idea began to work on me as I thought of this lowly creature and soon found myself inventing a scenario featuring a bedbug and a possible assailant for the irritating insect.

"Klop's last bite" began to grow of its own accord; 11 pieces in all, none of which are longer than a minute (some considerably less), appeared in quick succession. The scenario involves a mad flea and a fight to the death between the two. The order of play is as follows:

Enter Klop
Klop bides his time
Klop waits and waits
Klop falls asleep and dreams of warm blood
the mad flea
Klop awakes to an attack
Klop takes a bite
Klop victorious
Klop has delusions of grandeur
the mad flea exacts revenge
Klop's dead

The piece is a kind of insect snuff movie and lasts approximately 10 minutes. 

Score Sample

  • 23 JUN 2009
    RNCM Theatre, Manchester
    Rolf Hind, Piano
  • 27 JUN 2008
    Soundwaves Festival
    Pavilion Theatre, Brighton
    Rolf Hind, piano
  • 31 JAN 2006
    Edinburgh University
    Sarah Nicolls, piano

    Other Dates:
    24 February - Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • 13 JAN 2006
    Klop's last bite UK Premiere
    Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series 2006
    Purcell Room, London
    Sarah Nicolls (piano)
  • 22 SEP 2005
    Klop's last bite World Premiere
    KlaraFestival of Flanders
    PSK/PBA Ter Arken, Brussels, Belgium
    Sarah Nicolls (piano)

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