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VERVE : for solo marimba

by Ella Macens (2016)

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Performance by Claire Edwardes from the CD Rhythms Of Change

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Work Overview

I composed this work for Claire Edwardes in 2016 in conjunction with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's inaugural Composing Women's Program which took place from 2016-17. Whilst sketching the work, I pondered: "How much can be achieved with one simple idea?" This piece then came to be based on a series of small ostinato-like motifs and gestures that expand and grow as the music twists, turns and weaves through a variety of textural and harmonic landscapes. As Claire and I worked through a series of drafts together, there was a point where Claire laughed: "I need 6 hands to play this!" And so this piece now also exists in an expanded form as a work for symphony orchestra titled 'FLIGHT', which was awarded the Fine Music FM Young Composer Award in 2017.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Marimba.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging

Written for: Claire Edwardes

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
repetition, ostinatos

Part of the 'Rhythms of Change' project.

This work was composed for Claire Edwardes in conjunction with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's inaugural Composing Women's Program (2016-17).



Performances of this work

24 Sep 2021: at Ensemble Offspring: Rhythms of Change (Online). Featuring Claire Edwardes.

26 Mar 2021: at Bowral Autumn Music Festival, concert 2 (St Jude's, Bowral). Featuring Claire Edwardes.

5 Mar 2021: at Finding a Voice: About Time (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Alex Petcu.

12 Jul 2020: at Claire Edwardes & Jason Noble in Zoom Concert (To be confirmed). Featuring Claire Edwardes.

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