The Alchemist's Riddle



Year Composed: 2008
Instrumentation: vibraphone
Duration 9 minutes


Audio Excerpts (MP3)



Program Notes


In this piece, the music follows a traditional template (fast-slow-fast), but one that is internally lacking in discrete sections. The absence of hard juxtapositions encouraged me, paradoxically, to include a variety of pitch classes, rhythmic ideas, and timbres, as an experiment in musical alchemy—the attempt to synthesize 'gold' (structural unity) from 'common metals' (the surface material.)

Performances


  • September 28, 2008 - Tim Francom, vibraphone. Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
  • November 25, 2008 - Tim Francom, vibraphone. Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
  • January 21, 2009 - Tim Francom, vibraphone. Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Commisions and Awards


  • commissioned by Tim Francom






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