Four little experiments in an unusual but hopefully transparent and easily-heard form. Each piece is in two halves. The first contrasts two kinds of material, the second half presents the same material contrasted in a different way. Each one is about comparing two comparisons.
I. for Piano or Marimba. 1m30s
In this one, the contrasts are done harmonically. In the first half, harmonies based mostly on major and minor thirds are contrasted with those of perfect fourths and major seconds; in the second, the two harmonic styles are swapped.
Download full recordings of all four (free): .zip (14.4MB)
The pieces can be performed individually, but when considered as a set, comparisons between the pieces can be made as well. Two accomplish their contrasts via stylistic/textural means (II and IV), and two via harmonic differences (I and III). Differnt pairings separate polyphonic (I and IV) from monophonic (II and III).
I: Piano recommended
II: Trombone recommended
III: Flute recommended
IV: Marimba (Four Mallet, low-A) recommended
The pieces can be performed as a set or individually. The two keyboard pieces can work on both Marimba or Piano, although I is more comfortable on Piano and IV more on Marimba. II for trombone could work on any instrument that can fluttertongue, if transposed (transposed scores will be available soon). III for flute may prove difficult on other wind instruments, even if transposed, but attempts are welcome.