Shadow Theater

Shadow Theater

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Scoring & Instrumentation
Violin, Percussion, and Piano
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Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
12
Movements

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Description

Composer's Note:

Shadow Theater is an exploration of one of my core artistic beliefs: that music as an art form occupies a dramatic or narrative space on a fundamental level, even more so than a sonic or temporal one. As the title suggests, a plotless play of sorts unfolds over the course of the piece whose only characters are the three instrumentalists, sometimes in intricate dialogue with each other, sometimes left to expound on their thoughts alone. The music itself provides the only narrative structure that this pseudo-play has, but in combination with the movements of the musicians—all performing on some of the most visually dynamic instruments in the western tradition—this makes for a dramatic experience just as compelling as a staged theater piece. Shadow Theater is dedicated to the memories of Christopher Rouse and Steven Stucky, who taught me to think of music, above all else, as a way to tell a story.

Comments

Percussion Needed:

10 dry unpitched metals (performer choice)
10 dry unpitched woods (performer choice)
Crotales (1 octave)
Marimba
4 toms or roto-toms
15 Gongs (A2, B2, C3, C 3, E3, G3, A 3, A3, B 3, B3, C 4, D4, F4, G4, A 4)
1 timpano (with F4 crotale and large cymbal)
2 mounted flexatones (high and low)
Water gong
Suspended cymbal

First Perfomance
ensembleNEWSRQ, First Congregational Church, Sarasota, FL, October 11, 2021
Recording

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Text Language - Non English

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Title Number

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Ensemble Type
instrumental trio
Genre/Theme

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Instrument
piano , Percussion , violin

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