Lo que no es azul (That which is not blue)

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Germán Cancián

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Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HoneyRock
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes


Lo Que No Es Azul ("That Which is Not Blue") is a four-mallet piece for marimba. The work begins at a presto tempo with a steady stream of uninterrupted 8th notes moving constantly through mixed meters. This, along with the many wide interval leaps, creates a driving, machine-like effect. This texture changes abruptly to a powerful fortissimo statement of the thematic material in octaves. After a short lento section the opening material returns, becoming gradually more fragmented until it dissolves into a softer chordal section requiring independent rolls. The lento section and opening material return briefly, followed by another short passage employing independent rolls, this time with a "C" above the chords repeated at irregular time intervals. The composition ends softly, with the thematic material stated in octaves. This work is difficult, both technically as well as musically, because of its chromatic harmonic vocabulary and abstract form. A marimba with a low F is necessary to play this piece. The manuscript is hand-written, but is very readable. Advanced students will find Lo Que No Es Azul challenging and rewarding to perform. - Tom Morgan, October 1997[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra (Cancian) - Marimba; Orchestra
Lo que no es azul (That which is not blue) - Marimba

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