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Joyful Balaphony

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By John Pitts

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Piano Duet - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by John Pitts (1976-). 21st Century, World, African. Score. 41 pages. Published by Intensely Pleasant Music (S0.307347).

Item Number: S0.307347

“JoyfulBalaphony” (2013) duet (prepared piano) 8 minutes

Joyful Balaphony was composed for French duo Émilie Carcy and Matthieu Millischer for a concertof duets/triet/quartets by John Pitts at Perpignan Conservatoire's "Festival Prospective 22èmesiècle" 2015.

This duet wasinspired by some traditional music from Burkina Faso in sub-saharan Africa - ensembles of balafons and djembes(hand-carved xylophones and drums).

The music is verypercussive, obviously, with driving, pounding rhythms.  Like a lot of other traditional musics, thisafrican folk music is modal, and its timbres - the sounds - are both sweet andalso unrefined.

There are someoptional piano preparations which attempt to capture some of the exoticsoundworld.

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