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Shadja-maalika: Modal Illusions

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Asha Srinivasan

Asha Srinivasan

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 15:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Two Composers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $320.00; (digital) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $30.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (I doubling Piccolo; III doubling Alto Flute)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbals
  • Congas (2: high and low)
  • Crash Cymbals (2: large and small)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks (2: high and medium)
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shadja-maalika: Modal Illusions is a journey through the moods and colors of various Indian ragas, or modes. The title is a play on the word "raga-maalika," an Indian musical form where the music traverses many ragas within one composition while keeping the same shadja, or tonal center (“Do” in western music). Conversely, in Shadja-maalika, (literally, garland of shadja), the tonal center itself is shifted to bring about the modulation to new modes. At pivotal points, a new note seemingly outside the mode appears and gradually reveals itself as the true tonal center, implying that the previous harmonic hierarchy was an illusion. The opening motive in the bass clarinet is the common thread, recurring frequently to confirm and highlight the unique characteristics of each new mode. As with much of my recent work, Shadja-maalika blends a melodic and rhythmic structure influenced by the Indian tradition with Western harmonic and formal concepts.

Shadja-maalika: Modal Illusions was commissioned by a consortium of ensembles through CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), primarily spear-headed by Andy Mast at Lawrence University. The piece was premiered on March 5, 2011.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Ken Thompson, conductor) - 24 February 2022
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 28 October 2017
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 13 October 2017
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 15 October 2016

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