Duo-Generare (duos: recorder, percussion)
by Peter McNamara (2014)
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Library shelf no. CD 2855 [Not for loan]
Duo-Generare combines two instruments that could be described as a musical 'odd couple' - recorder and marimba. Both instruments possess a completely contrasting performance tradition, and were developed in different musical generations - one from the baroque era and the other in the 20th century.
Despite these differences, these two instruments still combine together well, such as the haunting combination of bowed marimba with the sustained lower pitches of the bass recorder featured in the unmeasured opening. This is proceeded by melodic and rhythmically regular material using the same pitch material established in the opening, where the recorder is often more percussive. This material is developed using syncopation and polyrhythms, which accumulates energy in a climax at the end of the work.
Instrumentation: Bass recorder, marimba and suspended cymbal.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Some challenging polyrhythms and bass recorder often in higher registers
- Influenced by: Minimalism
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