CRUX/Cross: This demo of the piece is meant to help anyone planning to work on and perform this music.
Crux is the smallest of the 88 modern constellations, but is one of the most distinctive. Its name is Latin for cross, and it is dominated by a cross-shaped pattern of stars that is commonly known as the Southern Cross. Some of the many definitions of the word "cross" were also considered while composing the work, such as: any object, figure, or mark resembling a cross, as two opposing lines; an opposing; a thwarting; a mixing of breeds; to meet and pass; to mark with a cross; to move, pass, extend from one side to the other side; something involving interchange, or is reciprocal; contrary; or opposite.
PAS review of publication: This four-mallet solo for vibraphone requires a performer who has experience with double vertical strokes, single independent strokes, single alternating strokes/double lateral strokes and triple lateral strokes. The title of this work is programmatic in nature. The essential melodic material is derived from ostinato-like patterns, or interwoven within accompaniment patterns; therefore, cross-voicings between melody and accompaniment are evident. Additionally, the composer ingeniously makes use of effects such as dead strokes and harmonics. Instructions for the performance of harmonics are found at the bottom on the final page.
Pedal and mallet dampening indications are clearly marked. Machamer also includes several stickings in the more difficult passages, which the performer should heed. CRUX/Cross is an excellent addition to solo vibraphone repertoire. --Lisa Rogers
from the C. Alan Catalog: 4-mallet ~ Medium Difficult
Using the full range of the vibraphone, Crux/Cross produces wonderfully ethereal sounds with combinations of long sustained tones and fast moving notes of various articulations. Sticking and pedaling indications are provided throughout.