"x,y" : for percussion ensemble
by Alan Lawrence (2005)
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"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
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'.
Instrumentation: Drum kit plus 3 percussion (4 players in all).
Duration: 20 min.
Contents note: In 3 movements.
First performance: by Isorhythmos Percussion Ensemble — Sep 05. ABC Studios, Brisbane
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