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Duo-Generare (duos: recorder, percussion)

by Peter McNamara (2014)

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Performance by Duo Blockstix from the CD Duo Blockstix.

Duo Blockstix.


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Duo Blockstix. : works for percussion and recorder

Library shelf no. CD 2855 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Bass recorder, marimba and suspended cymbal.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Some challenging polyrhythms and bass recorder often in higher registers

First performance: by Duo Blockstix at Duo Blockstix (Wesley Music Centre) on 15 Jun 2017


Performances of this work

17 Jun 2017: at Duo Blockstix (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room). Featuring Duo Blockstix.

15 Jun 2017: at Duo Blockstix (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Duo Blockstix.

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