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Matthew Coley

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: 00:12:00
Difficulty: Advanced
Publisher: Heartland Marimba Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $51.00   |   Score Only - $0.00






Player 1: Timpani
Player 2: Vibraphone 1
Player 3: Vibraphone 2
Player 4: Xylophone & Chimes
Player 5: Marimba
Player 6: Bass Marimba
Player 7 - 8: Glockenspiel & 2 Bell Plates & 5 Concert Tom-toms & Marching Bass Drum & Concert Bass Drum &Suspended Cymbal (Small & Medium & Large) & Splash Cymbal & Tam tam & 5 Wooden Temple Blocks & 3 Woodblocks & large Triangle & 3 Small graduated Gongs

Program Notes

Elucidatrix was written in 2015 and premiered in 2016 with the San Diego State University Percussion Ensemble, Greg Cohen, director. Special thanks also goes to the University of Denver Percussion Ensemble, John Kinzie, director; Radford University Percussion Ensemble, Rob Sanderl, director; and the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Percussion Ensemble, Dan Smithiger, director. These performances have been an inspiration to finishing the published version that you have here. Bartok wrote some amazing moments in his Second Piano Concerto. Some of those moments are when the pianist plays duets with the timpanist and bass drummer! Don’t worry, those are included in my piece between the solo marimba and timpani and bass drum. Some of Bartok’s inspiring material from his uniquely designed concerto is directly quoted in Elucidatrix. This material, and other material that is not quoted, was used as a springboard for what blossoms anew throughout the piece. The basic harmonic structure of the work is much like bellows. Stacked 5ths begin the piece, and through grinding away (and passing through the tritone) those migrate to stacked 4ths, then major 3rds, and finally minor 3rds. From there it moves back out to stacked 5ths. I used this method throughout to propel the work into new spaces. The title is a portmanteau of the two words elucidate and matrix.




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

80 on 80 - Percussion Quintet
Contemplation for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Octet
Elucidatrix - Marimba, Percussion Octet
Fugue V in F Minor
Grand Galop Chromatique
Grand Tarantelle
Morning Across the Fields
Rivers of Rage - Marimba Quartet & Percussion Ensemble
Solar Flurries - Marimba Ensemble 4, 5, 8 or more

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