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Rumble Strip

Form
Chamber
Instrumentation
randomized ensemble
Year
2004
Duration
1''
Premiere
2004
Description

Commissioned by 60x60 in 2004 and scored for a randomized ensemble to be played through a notation program, in this case Finale. Accompanied by choreography, it was premiered at Brooklyn's Galapagos.

Program Notes

Composed in 2004, Rumble Strip more or less conforms to a work made to order, in this case a work lasting 60 seconds or less. Scored for a rather unorthodox combination of instruments, the piece highlights not the range and agility of each instrument, (which is a byproduct nonetheless), but rather the ability of the Finale Notation Software program to accurately – and somewhat crudely - play back the line given to each instrument. Ranges jump, meters change and the group manages to stay together.

Though never quite derailing, Rumble Strip makes for a short and bumpy ride.