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Moto Perpetuo

By Joseph Schwantner

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Moto Perpetuo. Composed by Joseph Schwantner (1943-). Sheet music. Instrumental Solo. Classical. Composed 1990/2007. 24 pages. Duration 12'. Schott Music #ED 30002. Published by Schott Music (HL.49016670).

Item Number: HL.49016670

ISBN 9781423431985. 11x17 inches.

Written for marimbist Leigh Howard Stevens, Velocities is characterized by a continuously unfolding texture of rapid gestures within a framework of continually shifting meters. The first major division opens with a series of aggressive articulations of a repeating harmonic idea followed by wave-like ostinati figures presented in seven-eight meter. The second principal section continues with ever-persistent sixteenth notes framed in triple meter. The last major section re-engages the primary musical elements presented and developed earlier and leads to a forceful and spirited conclusion.

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