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Meditations on a Chord (for solo marimba)

By Paul SanGregory

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Marimba - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Paul SanGregory. 21st Century. Score. 9 pages. Published by Distant Engraver Music (S0.365341).

Item Number: S0.365341

This piece was composed for percussionist Kevin Romanski, who also provided advice on some technical matters. The title refers to its initial inspiration: the contemplation of different color combinations of the notes in a C13 chord. In terms of character, it begins with a slow meditative repetition of two melodic ideas. One is played as single-handed rolls by the right-hand while the other is a slowly developing melody played by the left-hand. Because the phrases of these two ideas do not align, their interaction creates a kaleidoscopic shifting of harmonic colors. A faster middle section continues developing both the harmonic and rhythmic interaction between the two hands, but in a more active and syncopated way. After a series of dramatic outbursts, the original meditative quality returns and the piece ends quietly with a return of material from the first section.

Performance duration ca. 7 minutes.

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