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of magic and realism (duos: recorder, percussion)

by Daniel Rojas (2017)

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Performance by Duo Blockstix from the CD Duo Blockstix.

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Duo Blockstix. : works for percussion and recorder

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Work Overview

…of magic and realism pays homage to the literary genre commonly referred to as "magical realism", an approach to literature that has found ubiquitous appeal throughout Latin America. One of the key facets of such authors as Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez is their uncanny adroitness to fashion minute and even seemingly trivial detail, so the reader becomes hyper aware of a most convincing physical or emotional reality. This condition, however, may be obtrusively intercepted by supernatural threads, thus drawing into question how quotidian life would respond to magical intervention. This piece for recorder and marimba is suggestive of such detailed perception that is embodied in the intricacies of repeated rhythmic events wrought within the twofold (and at times, threefold) layer of texture that conflict to create picayune moments of tension, and their subsequent denouement. There are moments that offer a modicum of lyrical respite, which to me can suggest a degree of subjectivism or of the magic itself; perhaps these are born of the same fabric…

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Recorder (bass and tenor), marimba.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Duo Blockstix.

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

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Latin American music, minimalism, syncopation, dance. Influenced by Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin.

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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