in preparation was written in 2003 for English recorder player Rachel Barnes. It was written for her Helder tenor recorder, 4 spatially separated CD systems, domestic percussion and/or live art performance/two projections. In 2007 Rachel recorded it for the double CD/DVD The End of the Beginning. These two extracts show the two projections on a single screen with the stereo sound track. The piece was inspired by the novel Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, who attended the first performance – the live art was provided by Barbara Dean who performed her piece FOlding.