This piece was originally conceived with a different title. But, after finishing it I realised it had a very different character from that which I had envisaged when naming the piece. So, I reached out to my brass band friends for inspiration, and they all came back with suggestions to do with circus, or clowns. So, after some research I discovered the great Carequinha — Brazil’s most celebrated clown, who passed away in 2006. So, this is an homage to the great man, but also to all clowns who, as we all know, hide all of life’s sadness behind their happy mask.