Elementalities

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Christien Ledroit


General Info

Year: 2000/03
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CMC
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00
Score Sample: http://www.musiccentre.ca/sites/www.musiccentre.ca/files/pdf/promo_scores/52202.zip


Instrumentation

Vibraphone
Multiple Percussion - Tabla
Flute



Program Notes

Elementalities is a set of short pieces, all based on different presentations and mutations of elements. The piece started with the idea of creating elements (short melodic and/or rhythmic fragments) and transforming them, and grew into a suite of five ˜mind games", all related to each other, but independent, such that any combination of movements may be played in concert. The outer movements, Elemental I and II, are concerned almost exclusively with basic presentation and permutation of elements. Elemental I offers four different unmetered settings of a set of elements, presenting them in different instruments, different orders and different registers. Elemental II treats a different set of elements to similar procedures, but places them in a metered setting. The second movement, Cereal, strings certain melodic and rhythmic elements of the other movements into a single melodic line. This melodic line is placed in one of several rhythmic/metric layers, and is then put through several serial permutations to create the structure. The middle movement, Floating, sets a rhapsodic flute line, drawn from the various elements of the other movements, floating above a mechanical, slowly changing background in the percussion. The fourth movement, Orange, gives the players basic materials and instructs them to improvise on them, in the way a rock band improvises on a melodic ˜lick" or chord progression. The piece was commissioned and premiered by Montreal's Lithium Ensemble (www.percussionist.net/lithium).

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

(Un)Natural (Dis)Integration - Percussion Duo, with Tape
Commuter Music - Multiple Percussion, Violin, Clarinet, Bass
Elementalities - Vibraphone, Tabla, Flute
Lush - flute/alto flute, Bb clarinet/bass clarinet, marimba, bass and percussion
Never the Twain Shall Meet - violin, tabla and electronics
Night Chill - Marimba, Electronics
Trade Winds - Concerto for Tabla (orch) - Tabla, Orchestra
Trade Winds - Concerto for Tabla (with Tape) - Tabla, with Tape



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