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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 : baritone saxophone and percussion / Miriama Young.

Library shelf no. 785.5612/YOU 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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

Work Details

Year: 2003

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.

Difficulty: Advanced

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

8 Nov 13: Zeitgeist New Music Caberet, Studio Z, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Featuring Renegade Ensemble.

5 May 10: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia. Featuring Michael Duke, MATCH Percussion.

1 Oct 08: Tempo Dance Festival, Q Theatre, Auckland, NZ, Oct 2008

1 Oct 08: HAAS Fine Arts Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA. Featuring Jim Geddes.

1 Jun 07: ArtEZ University of the Arts, Zwolle, Netherlands . Featuring Michael Jamieson.

1 Jul 03: Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, USA

1 Mar 03: Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, NJ, USA. Featuring Yesaroun’ Duo.

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