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Strange Ways

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Strange Ways : for percussion / Petar Jovanov.

by Petar Jovanov (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Percussion (3 players: Vibraphone ; Glockenspiel, tam-tam ; Frame Drum (may be substituted with Turkish Bendir) bongos).
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    Performance by James Goh, Bai Jiaxing, Yiang Shan, Sok Wah Ng from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 119.


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'Strange Ways'(2013) is a cross-cultural piece originally composed for Macedonian village ensemble instrumentation and now adapted for percussion. This music is inspired by a collection of architectural and landscape images of Sydney and Bitolaby photographer Ilia Uzunoski. These photographs were specifically chosen because they are significant to the composer and stimulate the creative imagination in shaping the character of the desired sound. The piece is developed through convulsive rhythms, irregular meters (derived from traditional Macedonian Folk music) in juxtaposition with Bernard Herrmann minor-major and half-diminished seventh sonorities. The image of red poppy flowers has light and dark textures and consists of two elements: red dots and a field of grass. The red flowers appear as if they are floating and 'dancing'. The grass appears stringent and abrasive in quality with a rough texture that is deepening and manifests into a type of 'sound mass.' The dancing flowers are seen as convulsive rhythms and the sound masses establish light/dark textures and colorful floats that focus on light/dark harmonic and melodic suspensions, chromaticism bowed vibraphone and sustained tam-tam resonances. The rough abrasive quality is expressed through scraping techniques on 'Frame Drum.'

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 3 performance parts (23p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 mins

First performance by James Goh, Bai Jiaxing, Yiang Shan, Sok Wah Ng — 23 Sep 13. Yong Siew Toh Conservatorium of Music, Singapore

Each part includes performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Contemporary classical, world music, extended techniques for percussion

The work was the official composition selected to represent Australia in the Young Composer’s category at the 31st Asian composers league festival in Singapore.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 119.
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