Precipice (by Allan Shindler)
Recorded as the title piece on Albany Records cd TROY855 by Nathaniel Bartlett, this work explores the remarkable range of textures, timbres and
playing techniques of the five octave marimba, interwoven with vibrant and haunting computer-generated sounds.
|Musical Features||18-minute soundscape for marimba and digital playback. The six audio cues must be started at different points throughout the piece (probably best through the use of a foot pedal next to the performer). Very freely composed, with no meter, and no key center. Performer must carefully decide on rate and speed of each gesture, to loosely align with tape, but more importantly, to create rhythmic interest or variety.|
|Technical Features||There’s a little bit of every kind of stroke thrown in, and some larger reaches across the instrument, but nothing incredibly difficult. There are many one-handed, lateral rolls notated – the performer would do well to bring as much sonic variety to the marimba part as possible. Some dead strokes, col legno (stick shot), handle accent, and stick clicking too.|
|Duration||Approx. 18 minutes|
|Instrumentation||Marimba 5.0 Octave - 4 Mallets|