21 (Steel Pan or Marimba, + Cello Version)

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Andy Akiho

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 9:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aki Rhythm Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes

“21” was written for Mariel Roberts in October 2008. After meeting Mariel at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, I was impressed with her effortless sense of rhythm and musicality on the cello. I first realized her talent when we performed “I falleN TwO” for string quartet and steel pans. Amazed by her technical virtuosity and vivid musical interpretation of the piece, I was inspired to write a new duet for cello and steel pan. The cello part requires the performer to play a kick drum and operate a loop pedal while simultaneously playing the cello. The pan part requires the performer to play one regular tenor pan, an option prepared bore pan with rubber bands (mimicking Bartók/snap pizzicatos), and a tambourine with the foot. The title “21” refers to the twenty-first measure of the Fugue movement in J.S. Bach’s Violin Sonata #1 in G minor. The harmonic chords of this measure are the inspiration of the sequence of notes for “21.” Coincidentally, Mariel Roberts was 21 years old when the piece was written and premiered.




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

21 (Steel Pan or Marimba, + Cello Version) - Marimba, Cello
Aka - Tenor Pan
Beneath Lighted Coffers - Steel Pan, Orchestra
Daidai Iro - Tenor Pan
Deciduous - Steel Pan, Violin
Hadairo (Beige) - Tenor Pan
Hip-hopracy - Percussion Nonet
I Fallen Two - Steel Pan, String Quartet
Intuition Expectation - Marimba, Trumpet
Ligneous 1 - Marimba, String Quartet
Ligneous 2 - Marimba, String Quartet
Ligneous 3 - Marimba, String Quartet
Macqueripe - Tenor Pan
Momo Iro - Tenor Pan
Murasaki (Purple) - Tenor Pan
Omnipresent - Tenor Pan
Phatamachickenlick - Percussion Duo Snare Drum Duo
Stop Speaking - Snare Drum, Digital Playback

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