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Aequilibrium (Perc Ens 5)


Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 5
Level: Medium | Duration: 5:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2017

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    With spiraling melodic passages and unique color combinations between instruments, Aequilibrium is sure to entrance audiences and performers alike.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 5
    Level: Medium | Duration: 5:00

    Glockenspiel/Crotales (1-octave)
    Vibraphone 1
    Vibraphone 2/Tuned Metal Pipes (G, A, D, G, A)
    Marimba 1 (4.3-octave)
    Marimba 2 (5-octave)

    Program Notes
    Aequilibrium was a fluke. It started as an idea after Dr. Joe Moore III, Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas-Brownsville, and I were joking around about composing a piece for the TMEA Showcase concert in February 2015. I battled with a title for the piece for days because we felt it should be ritualistic and sacrificial. Instead, I realized that I needed to write a piece about balance in nature. The ideas of yin-and-yang and ebb-and-flow were what I wanted to write about. It took only two chords and one particular ascending pattern to figure out where the piece wanted to take me. Just like I do with most of my music, I improvised an entire ten minutes around this idea. After transcribing it, I focused on revealing the symmetry in phrases and give-and-take of colors and timbres. I figured the work very well symbolizes my love for symmetry and color, similarly to how I love rhythm and harmony.

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