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Coley - Manuversque draft!

posted Jan 16, 2013, 8:37 AM by Matt Andreini   [ updated Jan 16, 2013, 8:39 AM ]
The duo has recieved a draft score for Matthew Coley's piece title Manuveresque!   The piece includes a triangular, multi-percussion setup in which the players will move around the instruments! 

The following is Matthew's description/explanation of the work:

The word arabesque refers to several genres or elements of art from different
cultures. Islamic art, European art, ballet positioning, Turkish music, and Western
Classical music are all forms of creativity that have appropriated this term.
Typically in Islamic and European art the arabesque is an ornate decorative surface
using rhythmic patterns, linear designs, interlocking foliage, uncrossing curls, or
any variation thereof. The Arabesques (coming from an Arabic music concept)
composed by Debussy and Sibelius are very embellished forms of Western
Classical music. Arabesque and maneuver connect directly to dance concepts,
which in general is subconsciously embedded in my music. These ideas, combined
with the triangular set-up, which enables the performers to move in a circular
fashion around the instruments, were the main impetus for Maneuveresque.
Additionally, there is an underlying chord progression (a minor, b minor, F#
dominant 7, French augmented 4-3, eb minor, and E dominant 7 +9) that
permeates the entire work, giving rise to 2 melodies (#1 appears in player 1 at m.
56 and #2 is the fugue subject at m. 116) and the gestural pitch collection in player
2 at the close of the “Free – Slowly Wobbling” and fugue sections.

Looks like this will be a great piece!  We're looking forward to the performances!