Dog biscuit (nonets: piccolo, clarinet, xylophone, marimba, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass)
by Tim Hansen (2012)
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The best way I can describe Dog Biscuit is that it's a sort of a hyper canon. A canon, of course, refers to an old, old, OLD music technique where a melody (or a whole piece) is composed in such a way that the material within the piece can be manipulated to complement itself, either harmonically, rhythmically or both (and a well-known example of a simple canon is Row, Row, Row your boat, still a favorite amongst four-year-olds across the globe). Dog Biscuit is not technically a canon, but it is made up of a number of complementary lines that are gradually layered over the top of each other in such a way that what initially seems to be a completely chromatically random mish-mash of notes is actually a quirkily tonal foot tapper.
Later this year, I intend to use this work as a movement within a larger piece for the same instrumentation - keep your eyes peeled!
Instrumentation: Piccolo, clarinet in B flat, marimba, xylophone, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Some tricky rhythms but nothing extraordinary.
Written for: NYU New Music Ensemble
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