for percussion ensemble
Premiere: University of Illinois, April 10, 1974
University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble
Randall Shinn, conductor
Colleen Mulvill, choreographer
Michelle Girardin, Debra Loewen, Bonnie Schmidt, dancers
[Withdrawn. Not available for performance]
Composer notes: I enjoyed composing this piece. I admired the work of the choreographer and the three dancers. And Tom Siwe, director of the University of Illinois percussion ensemble, had kindly invited me to write a work for 10 percussionists and a stage full of instruments.
For this work I created an active stasis by composing layers of differently subdivided rhythms that created busy textures, and which also obscured the sense of pulse. This resulted in an atmosphere well-suited to Colleen’s dance choreography.
But judging the work solely as music, I longed for more sense of pulse and kinetic energy. In future years I moved toward kinetic rhythms. [See Passion and Pulse.]