Pierrot Ensemble with Percussion
(Fl, Cl, Vln, Vcl, Pno, Vibraphone)

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I developed this piece out of an assignment for an advanced orchestration class at UBC. The assignment was based on the idea of linear composition, where all of the music is 'spun out' from one melodic line, rather than working contrapuntally or adding harmonic accompaniment. The original piece was four micro movements based on the classical elements (earth, water, fire, and air), and Transmutation evolved from the air movement, 'spinning leaf'.
The entire piece is derived from one eleven-note melody, which repeats consistently throughout the piece. The vibraphone serves as the protagonist, if you will, who is pushed and pulled by the other instruments into discovering the hidden depths contained in those simple eleven notes. At the end of the piece, the vibraphone explores the limits to which the melody can be stretched, ultimately transmuting it into something so light and energetic that it is blown away by the slightest gust of air.

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