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"x,y" : for percussion ensemble

by Alan Lawrence (2005)

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x, y : for percussion ensemble / Alan Lawrence.

Library shelf no. Q 785.6814/LAW 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"x,y" for percussion ensemble, is a work in three movements. The thematic and harmonic substance of the piece is derived from a five-note motif which, with its transposed inversion, provides a ten-note set. Two pitches are left unaccounted for and these fulfil a pivotal role between the two five-note sub-sets. Four rhythmic motifs,
based on the note sets, interact in complex juxtapositions, often on differing metrical bases.
The title was suggested by the idea in linguistics of a metonymic x-axis in relation to a metaphorical y-axis. This proposes that the spoken or written word, and the correlation of words within a chosen mode of expression, exist in an important relationship to the many rejected alternatives which, existing on a y-axis, provide an 'unspoken' weight of significance to the chosen words - the x-axis.
The last movement of the piece (actually written first) investigates this interplay of 'possible' and 'actual'.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: Drum kit plus 3 percussion (4 players in all).

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: In 3 movements.

Commission note: Commissioned by Isorhythmos Percussion Ensemble with funds provided by Arts Queensland.

First performance: by Isorhythmos Percussion Ensemble — Sep 05. ABC Studios, Brisbane

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