Perpetual No. 2

Chamber, Percussion, Winds

perpetual2Perpetual No.2 was commissioned by Andrew Martin and Christine Taylor. The notion of perpetuality in music, that is to say, music that has a constant pulse that never (or only very briefly) deviates is one that is found in the music from the concert hall to the dance hall. In this series of pieces the composers aims to exploit this dichotomy by inviting a concert hall audience to let their heads sway forward and backward.

Although very short, this work requires a fair amount of endurance due to the never-stopping nature of it. The performers should avoid at all costs letting the 16th note pulse slow down. Even to the sacrifice of pitches and rhythms, the pulse is the most essential element of the piece.

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