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Twisted Dances

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Genre: Duet for Cello & Marimba
# of Players: 2
Level: Difficult | Duration: 10:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Twisted Dances is a trio of simple dance tunes for marimba and cello, inspired by the image of a “twisted”, knotty tree. The three movements, titled Bark, Leaves & Branches, and Roots, strive to conjure textural images and other sensations that could potentially be associated with each title.

    Genre: Duet for Cello & Marimba | # of Players: 2
    Level: Difficult | Duration: 10:00

    Instrumentation
    Marimba (5-octave)
    Cello

    Program Notes
    Twisted Dances is a trio of simple dance tunes for marimba and cello, inspired by the image of a “twisted”, knotty tree. The three movements, titled Bark, Leaves & Branches, and Roots, strive to conjure textural images and other sensations that could potentially be associated with each title.

    Bark, the first movement, is a fast and jagged dance that starts with a fragmented motif being restated over and over again in the marimba, with simple answers from the cello. This fragment proves to start most of the melodic statements in the movement, reflecting harsh, jagged, and texturally rich pieces of bark being snapped off of the trunk of a tree. The middle section of the movement is more lyrical in character, revealing a new layer of smooth, untarnished bark underneath the old bark before returning to the opening material.

    The second movement, Leaves & Branches, is written entirely in senza misura, allowing the performers to exhibit the greatest capacity of freedom in this piece. This movement is meant to reflect the changes and transformations of a tree as it journeys through the four seasons, first starting in winter, with the leaves shivering amongst the winter snow. The evolution into the following seasons becomes more apparent as more motion takes place in the cello and marimba. At the movement’s ultimate point of tonal warmth, the cello and marimba take turns playing slow, expressive melodies and fast, virtuosic arpeggiated passages, symbolizing a wealth of growth and health as the tree flourishes into spring, summer, and the colours warm into fall, before receding back to its wintry state.

    The last dance, Roots, has an almost ever-­‐present stream of sixteenth notes to drive the piece forward, symbolizing a constant flow of life as the roots collect nourishment from the soil in which they’re buried. A constant rise-­‐and-­‐fall motion in the melody also reflects the motion of the nutrients, as they are taken from the soil into the roots up into the rest of the tree. A brief middle section digresses from this notion of constant life, as the random shape of the roots is observed in the last “twisted dance” episode. In the same fashion as the other movements, the music returns to the “A” section, recapitulating motives developed earlier in the movement as well as in the entire piece as it draws to a celebratory close.

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