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The Colour of Woods : percussion

by Cameron Lam (2009)

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Performance by Claire Edwardes from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 92.

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Work Overview

The Colour of Woods is a playful, driving piece for marimba and temple blocks. The timbre of the registers of the marimba and its muted D key alongside the temple blocks create the wide palette which the Colour of Woods explores. Wood also generates a pitch when it's used in percussion creating 5 'out of tune' notes from the temple blocks to additionally colour the composition.

The piece, written for (and being premiered by) percussionist Claire Edwardes was inspired by her style of performance. The various metres used, the cross-rhythms, and the phrasing seek to emulate the wonderful experience of watching Claire play with such physicality the pieces seem choreographed, not just performed.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: 5-octave marimba (lowest D key muted with foam), 5 temple blocks.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Claire Edwardes

First performance: by Claire Edwardes at Kammerklang 2009 (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 28 May 2009

Winner of the 2009 Sydney University PALM People's Choice Award.

Performances of this work

6 Jun 14: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Kaylie Dunstan.

28 May 2009: at Kammerklang 2009 (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Claire Edwardes.

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