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John Psathas

John Psathas

General Info

Year: 2011 / 2012
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Promethean Editions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $56.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba (5.0 octaves)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A departure from my earlier aggressive, percussion works such as Drum Dances and Matre’s Dance, Kyoto is similar in its supple complexity to my marimba concerto Djinn, and One Study One Summary. A constant but shifting pulse sustains a quiet but intense momentum, with brief moments of silence giving way to jazz-inspired harmonic shifts. Two states alternate in this piece — the rhythmically driven melodic lines, and the arpeggios heard in the vibraphone — before coming together at the climax of the piece. The title of the work refers to a 1976 improvisation by pianist Keith Jarrett which was recorded in Kyoto. This improvisation of Jarrett’s is, more than anything, the piece that woke the composer in me, and set me on this journey of creating my own music for others.

Kyoto was commissioned by the Ju Percussion Group, for the Taipei International Percussion Convention, and premiered by them in Taipei on 20 May 20 2011.

- Program Note by composer

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