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Pseudovector

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Matt Curlee

Matt Curlee


Subtitle: For Solo Percussion and Wind Ensemble


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Percussion
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (II doubling Alto Flute)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone (doubles Soprano Saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
F Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Caxixi
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Djembe
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Table Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks (or wood planks)
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle
  • Water Gong


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Pseudovector was commissioned by American percussionist Michael Burritt and The United States Air Force Band for that ensemble’s 2018 season (premiere on February 22, 2018, Schlesinger Hall, Alexandria, VA). The single movement requires significant virtuosity from the ensemble, and features the five players of the percussion section alongside the soloist, who performs on drum kit and marimba.

The work is part of an ongoing collaboration with physicist Regina Demina (FermiLab, CERN-LHC) exploring the fundamental narratives, at various scales, that make up our reality. In physics, the term pseudovector refers to a quantity (often used to describe a particle or field, but applying to any object possessing, for example, angular momentum, torque, or a magnetic field) that acts like a vector when the system is rotated, but differently when the system is inverted or reflected, a construction that maps very naturally onto musical space and time.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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