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Baljinder Sekhon

Baljinder Sekhon

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General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 13:40
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Publisher: Glass Tree Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $60.00


1. Shadow
2. Light


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Program Notes

Double Percussion Concerto is a work for two percussion soloists and wind ensemble. Presented in two movements, Shadow and Light, the work explores structural and stylistic complementation and how contrary elements are interdependent and symbiotic.

The number of dichotomies in this work includes the instrumentation of the two percussion soloists, the pitch material used for each movement, and the relationship between ensemble and soloists. The percussionists have complementary sets of instruments, with one percussionist playing marimba (wood) and brake drum (metal), and the other percussionist playing a vibraphone (metal) and large woodblock (wood). In this scenario, the primary instruments for each setup are generally the same, yet opposite. In addition, there is a tom, bass drum, and cymbal that are shared by both soloists. Similar instrumental relationships found among the wind ensemble are treated in a similar way. Furthermore, the pitch material used throughout the work consists of a set of six pitches (hexachords) as the basis for each movement. The intervallic relationships within these collections are the same but the actual pitches are completely complementary. In essence, this work explores the commonalities present between seemingly opposing forces and how such forces are both necessary to achieve a composite whole.

Double Percussion Concerto was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles, including University of South Florida, Stetson University, University of Maryland, University of South Carolina, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and Virginia Tech. The premiere performance took place at Carnegie Hall in New York City with Robert McCormick and Lee Hinkle as the soloists and the USF Wind Ensemble directed by John Carmichael.

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