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7 Serapés for 6 Pianos (parts)
6 pianos or keyboards - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Igor Korneitchouk. 20th Century, Contemporary Classical. Set of Parts. 86 pages. Published by Drake Mabry Productions (S0.825851).
Item Number: S0.825851
Each of the Serapés has a programmatic subtitle that gives the listener a hint as to how to listen. Serapés Nos. 1, 4 and 7 (subtitled "Three Brothers") divide up the collection symmetrically as all three share variations of the same set of motivic layers. Nonetheless, despite their common genetic heritage, the "three brothers" all have radically different personalities. Serapé No. 2 is called "Burro" for its loping cowboy-swing. Its seemingly infinite upward-spiraling progression through succeeding tonal centers reminds one of the mules on the switchbacks of the Grand Canyon. Serapé No. 3, "Starry Night", employs one of Korneitchouk's favorite devices of combing complex order out of chaos. Overlapping melodic patterns in 7/8, 8/8, 9/8, 10/8, 11/8, and 13/8 emerge -- three at a time -- out of constellations of apparently random notes. The brutal Serapé No. 5, "L.A. Smog", is rude. This Serapé starts as a sonorous block of jackhammer intensity that later reveals itself to be in a very brisk 5/8 meter. In contrast, Serapé No. 6 is the most peaceful and static Serapé. It includes a musical portrait of the composer's refrigerator turning itself on and off in the dead of night. A drone, which suggests the 60-cycle hum of the refrigerator, anchors the subtle shifting and overlapping harmonies of the piece. The audio excerpt is Serapé No. 2 - Burro.
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