Vespertine Formations

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Christopher Deane

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Christopher Deane, distributed by Innovative Percussion
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00


Player I: Marimba
Player II: Marimba
Player III: Marimba
Player IV: Marimba

Program Notes

The concept for the piece was to explore ways of creating a sense of sustain on four marimbas through extensive use of stretto and imitation. Rather than approaching an ensemble such as this in a traditional choral configuration of soprano, alto, tenor and bass, this piece focuses on keeping most of the musical activity within the same register. All four voices serve as equal members of one collective image. Vespertine Formations is dedicated to Harold Jones who was the professor of percussion at East Carolina University for many years. The motivation for this work comes from a phenomenon in nature. It is a common sight to see huge flocks of birds performing amazing aerial maneuvers in the evening sky over North Texas especially in the Autumn. The ornitholigical sky forms witnessed during one particular sunset in Fall of 2001 served as an undeniable point of inspiration during the compositional process for this piece. The wing motions of so many birds suggested the texture of constant sixteenth notes. As the brilliant orange sunset diminished to dusk, the birds settled into trees around the campus. The fantastic choreography created by this flock of birds and the natural chronology of events guided the structure and form of this piece.[1]



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Emporia State University Percussion Ensemble - November 29, 2017 - Albert Taylor Concert Hall - "Doomsday" Concert

Works for Percussion by this Composer

Dis Qui EtudeVibraphone
Etude for a Quiet HallMarimba
In the Sea of Clouds – Marimba
Mourning Dove Sonnet – Vibraphone
Prelude ITimpani
Scavenger MusicPercussion Quintet
Sea of Clouds – Marimba
The Apocryphal Still Life – Vibraphone
The Manes ScrollPercussion (10)
The Process of Invention – Marimba
Three Shells – Marimba
Vespertine FormationsPercussion Quartet - Marimba Quartet

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