Advanced Concert Percussion
by Dustin Schulze
Instrumentation: Vibraphone, 3 marimbas—4-octave, Drums (bongos, 3 toms, kick drum), Cymbals (2 cymbal stacks, splash cymbal), Ribbon crasher
The marimba and vibraphone parts in Involution feature layered ostinati that weave in and around each other as well as over the bar lines. This creates elaborate textures and an eclectic auditory terrain, which is dotted by other complementary and clashing parts. The result of this asymmetrical phrasing and unorthodox tonality is a percussion quartet that, in the composer’s words, creates a sensation of “turning in” on itself and challenges the listener’s sense of time, rhythm, and texture.
Involution comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.