Jigsaw is assembled like a puzzle, with brief musical ideas, each a variant of those that precede it, fitted together in a broadly symmetrical layout. Though the surface of the work should sound loose and free, every musical parameter is controlled through an underlying complex of relationships. Each new idea is accompanied by a subtitle ('will-o-the-wisp', 'bagpipe tune', 'slightly tipsy', 'prison blues', 'very brief homage to Reich', 'free-range melody with caged accompaniment', and more) designed to give the performers more to play with than just the notes and rhythms.
The work was written in 2015 for the Helton-Thomas Saxophone-Cello Duo. Duration is approximately 9.5 minutes. Score and parts are included in the set.
Jigsaw also has a 'companion' piece, "Thread", for the same instrumentation. (JP4107)