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Liquid Bars (by Joao Pedro Oliveira)

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Musical FeaturesThis is an atonal work for marimba with fixed media. A lengthy piece at 11:30, this piece explores some interesting sonic ideas with the marimba mimicking the electronic sounds, or vice-versa. The piece is through-composed with constant spurts of material between the two parts. The hocketing rhythms, when they occur, are among the most intriguing features of this work. The piece successfully demonstrates a virtuosic marimba part that corresponds to the electronic accompaniment. This is one of the only features that maintains my interest during the duration of the piece. The through composed nature of this piece allows the composer to repeat some of the motivic and technical ideas, which become quite redundant.
Technical FeaturesThe piece is very technically demanding. It resembles the marimba duo movement in Le Livre de Claviers by Phillipe Manoury. The composer has clearly marked how the tape aligns with the marimba part throughout, and this is absolutely essential in a successful performance of this work. The most common sticking device in this work is independence between mallets 2 and 3, there are several alternating rolls throughout.
Duration11 minutes, 30 seconds
InstrumentationMarimba 4.3 Octave and prerecorded electronic sounds
Level SuggestionCollege/Professional (advanced)