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Echoes from an antique land

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Echoes from an antique land : for xylophone, vibraphone, two marimbas & bells / Jennifer Fowler.

by Jennifer Fowler (1983)

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  • Instrumentation: Xylophone, vibraphone, 2 marimbas, bells.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Nova Ensemble from the CD Mizu to kori


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Echoes from an Antique Land is a development of a piece which began life as a flute solo. I was aiming to achieve a fluidity of rhythm and a feeling of expansion and contraction. Within each phrase the rhythm proceeds in groups of notes which expand and contract. In this concerted piece each instrument has a line which is fluid but has a strong rhythmic impetus and sense of direction; in which the gathering accumulations and dispersions give a feeling of eddies and currents.

Within the piece as a whole, the length of the phrases expand and contract. In a similar way, the phrases begin on a particular note centre, and gradually expand out of it. Sometimes they return to the same note centre, but mostly they expand and"settle" on a different centre. These different centres are part of the larger design of expansion and contraction; and in the places where the feeling of "settling" needs to be particularly emphasised to show the end of the whole section, I have deliberately used some devices of archaic cadential formulae, to achieve extra anchorage.

The title of the piece refers both to these older musical references and to the feeling of age of a landscape eroded into curves and outcrops.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (17p. -- A3 (landscape))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 11 min.

First performance by London Percussion Ensemble — 15 Jan 85. BBC Studios, London

All parts are written at sounding pitch.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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