Whirled Music (for bass cl & marimba)

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Project Description

Composer’s Note

 Whirled Music (for Bb bass clarinet and 5-octave marimba) was arranged in 2015 upon the invitation of the US percussionist Bryan Hummel for performance during his 2016 US tour. The original score (for alto saxophone and 5-octave marimba) was commissioned by Translucent Duo (Bernard Lagana & David Lockeridge) for premiere performance at the Australasian Saxophone & Clarinet Conference 2013, presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Scored in three movements (A-B-A), Whirled Music hits the ground running at a speed of around 120 crotchet beats per minute, faster still if the performers let it have its head. Fuelled by a high octane blend of semiquavers and chromaticism, the music shifts through gears while negotiating twists, turns, dips, climbs and spirals in a virtuosic display of highly energized unison bebop-like arabesques, fast rumba-like grooves and glimpses of clear, delicate lyricism.

During the second movement, the bass clarinet finds itself travelling on a not-too-bumpy, not-too-smooth marimba highway of gently pulsating tuplets, all the while issuing forth a bravura tale which takes us deep into tense, cadenza-like territory and back out again.

The third movement comes to life in musical ‘fits and starts’ before sending us whirling back in time via a shortcut through Movement 1, then on to a brief coda and a race to the finish line.

I extend my thanks to Patrick Englert and Bryan Hummel for giving the world premiere performance of this arrangement. – M.O.

Sound Byte

Performers: Patrick Englert (Bass Clarinet) & Bryan Hummel (marimba). Recorded: 24 March, 2016 @ Recital Hall, Arizona State University, USA.

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globe-detailflag-of-United-States-of-AmericaWORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE – 24 March, 2016: Patrick Englert (bass clarinet) & Bryan Hummel (marimba) @ Recital Hall, School of Music, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA.

Score sample: Whirled Music (for Bb bass clarinet and 5-octave marimba) – Title Page

Whirled Music
(for Bb bass clarinet and 5-octave marimba)
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TITLE:
Whirled Music (for Bb bass clarinet and 5-octave marimba)

DATE OF COMPOSITION:
2013 / Arr. 2015

SCORED FOR:
Bb bass clarinet & 5-octave marimba

DURATION:
c. 12 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE:
24 March, 2016 – Patrick Englert (bass clarinet) & Bryan Hummel (marimba) @ Recital Hall, School of Music, Arizona State University, AZ, USA.

PUBLISHER:
Matthew Orlovich

ISMN:
979-0-9009-7141-8 (Digital Download PDF)
979-0-9009-7144-9 (Printed Edition)

ALSO AVAILABLE:
• Whirled Music (for Eb alto sax & 5-octave marimba)
• Whirled Music (for Bb clarinet and 5-octave marimba)
• Whirled Music (for Bb clarinet and harp)

If you would like more information about this score, feel free to email me.
I look forward to hearing from you!