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Written for composition portfolio Semester 1 2012.
Performed by Faron Swingler and Codie Ellis.
PERFORMANCE NOTES: Rhythmus is a minimalist polyrhythmic piano duet for two pianos, four hands, with two distinct Movements whose purpose is to explore various rhythmic devices and methods. The first movement aims to exploit the possibilities within the technique of polyrhythm and rhythmic dissonance, utilising a few main motifs and themes, beginning from a distance and growing, before climaxing into a busy, loud humdrum, and then fading away as if reversing in the direction in which the piece began.
The second movement, inspired by the Canon genre, explores the concept of subdivision within the 9-8 metre. Its form mirrors the first piece in that it begins softly and gently, builds to a climax, and ends in a similar manner.
This piece should be performed in the following stage configuration: the pianos should face each other so that their shapes "interlock", and the performers can make eye contact.
Care must be taken to adhere to the given tempo, as the tendency is to rush.
Approximate complete performance duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds.