Medium/Advanced Concert Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation: Xylophone, Marimba 1 (4-octave), Marimba 2 (4-octave), Marimba 3 (4-octave), Vibraphone 1, Vibraphone 2, Glockenspiel, Chimes.
Syzygy, meaning the alignment of celestial bodies, is reflected in this work for mallet ensemble. The piece uses multiple rhythmic and melodic themes to create a juxtaposition between feelings of tension and calmness. The first section features marimbas playing 16th note rhythms that interlock and create a background for the other instruments to play a flowing melody. The second section reflects some of the same themes, while crafting a more chaotic texture. Ultimately, the piece fades out with a new theme and the marimbas recalling the rhythms from the beginning.