Imprint takes Baroque articulation, stylistic conventions and virtuosity and develops them into full-blown modern Concerto Grosso. Monothematic material, maniacally repeated, becomes a virtuoso gesture. This material, introduced by the solo violin, spreads like wildfire through the rest of the orchestra, flung back and forth between instrumental groups.
During the piece the solo violinist is required to place lead ‘fingers’ on the keys of a portative organ, producing, voice by voice, a faint chord audible only through the gaps in the virtuosic orchestral tutti. This chord is not only an imprint of the significant pitches in the piece, but it is also a theatrical gesture: these lead fingers embody the hand of a long-deceased Baroque composer.
The piece should preferably be performed on period instruments with 415 Hz Baroque tuning. It may, however, be performed on modern instruments provided they are used in Baroque style in terms of clarity of tone and are played without vibrato.