Snapdragon : baritone saxophone and percussion
by Miriama Young (2003)
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Performance by Yesaroun’ Duo from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 95.
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Snapdragon was written for and premiered by the Yesaroun' Duo, with their fearsome exuberance and technical virtuosity in mind. The piece was composed during a time of media frenzy over America's initial attack on Iraq. Snow was falling in Princeton, physically trapping me in a tall apartment, while my connection with the outside world at the time - the TV - projected sensational stories and graphic images of far away places in turmoil. Gradually, I had this sense of becoming numb, as weather and war preyed on a creeping awareness of my incapacity to act in any tangible way. So, the music that emerged has a certain physicality, borne of frustration and a sense of disenfranchisement: it is music rooted in the body, and composed for the body -dance-like, of heartbeat, breath, and sigh - a way to "voice" when I couldn't speak
Instrumentation: Baritone saxophone, percussion.Percussion required: Vibraphone, Kick Drum, 5 Tom-toms (low, low-mid, mid, mid-high, high), Hi-hat, 3 Brake Drums, Unusual Resonant Metal (e.g. large Chinese Hand Cymbal) Medium Tam-tam (20”), Small Tam-tam, Chinese Opera Gong, 2 Suspended Cymbals (+wire brush), 1 bow.
Duration: 9 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Yesaroun’ Duo
Written for: Yesaroun’ Duo
First performance: by Yesaroun’ Duo — 1 Mar 03. Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, NJ, USA
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Rhythmic, driving, energetic, pulsing, jazz-influenced harmonies, drum kit + tuned percussion, baritone saxophone virtuosity. Closest influences: Louis Andriessen, Jack Body, Bach, Steve Reich, jazz.
Performances of this work
1 Mar 03: Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, NJ, USA. Featuring Yesaroun’ Duo.
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