Through a Technicolor Glass

for four percussionists

2018

Duration: 5’

Instrumentation: Four Marimbas and Auxiliary Percussion

About the piece:

Commissioned by the Society of Composers, Inc. for the 2018 SCI National Conference.

Through a Technicolor Glass explores a world of variation and fast-changing spectra. Contrary to many pieces that I have written, this work was an attempt at crafting something that was constantly evolving and reacting to preceding musical energy; finding excitement in the sharpness of transitions from one splotch of color to the next. The drum set that is created among the auxiliary percussion is meant to act as an extension to the marimbas and players themselves. I found that the sounds of various cymbals and drums offered a unique palate when combined with the color of the marimbas. My hope was to utilize these additional percussive instruments as a way to articulate certain gestures and textures created by the marimbas. Ultimately, this short work ends at a very different place than it starts. It is almost as if the piece has weaved and cut its way through this dense palate and ended up on the other side.

Performances:

March 1, 2018 (PREMIERE)
University of Puget Sound

Percussion: Matthew Coley, Abby Fisher, Michael J. Jones, Joe Millea

March 23, 2018
Recital Hall at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music

Percussion: Brett Rojas, Chris Trlak, Carl Tafoya, Emma Marie

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