WRITTEN FOR 2018 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC WINNER OF 2018 CORTONA SESSIONS IRON COMPOSER COMPETITION
“LOVE” is a short, semi-theatrical piece that comically tells the story of a failing relationship in which one party is completely oblivious to its collapse.
The percussion part for “LOVE” calls for the percussionist to perform a simple melody on 3 flower pots while verbally responding to the vocalist with growing anger and frustration. The vocalist sings their text in any major mode and in a romantic style with inflections of infatuation.
“LOVE” comes to an explosive finale as the percussionist yells “Dammit Linda!” while smashing a flower pot on the floor. It is recommended that the percussionist have an additional fourth flower pot on stage to avoid destroying one of their usable tuned flower pots. The name “Linda” may be changed for dramatic/comedic effect.
“LOVE” is great for students looking to collaborate with vocalists and experiment with narrative/theatrical percussion music. “LOVE” is also a great piece to include on recitals as a comedic interlude.
“INTO THE LIGHT” is a contemporary/art-pop quartet for voice, flute, piano, and marimba.
Thematically, “INTO THE LIGHT” is about the moments in pre-dawn. The first half of this piece focuses on maneuvering in the darkness before the dawn. The second half of the piece is inspired by light slowly trickling into a room through the window.
The marimba part for “INTO THE LIGHT” calls for the use of four-mallet playing and a 4.3 octave marimba. The percussionist serves many roles throughout the piece playing atmospheric style chorales, serving as the rhythmic motor, and creating minimalist textures with other instrumentalists.
“INTO THE LIGHT” is inspired by the music of Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, and Kate Bush.
“INTO THE LIGHT” is great for students looking for a contemporary chamber piece that draws from the pop music idiom.
text is taken from “Before the Dawn” by Clark Hubbard