Composed by Steve Kornicki, Pittsburgh 2006
Available on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/harmonic-canon-streams-horizontal/id828538121
Music with video art on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvj1YKLJ6Sc
Program Notes - http://www.stevekornicki.com/downloads/harmoniccanons.htm
Score and parts available from Media Press Inc., - http://www.mediapressinc.com/product.php?productid=16625
Performed by Dave Gerhart and Steve Kornicki
Dave Gerhart: marimbas (3), vibraphone, maracas, tambourine, hi-hat
Steve Kornicki: piano, chimes, crotales, xylophone, suspended cymbal
This recording was assembled from performances at California State University Long Beach, University of Central Florida, Orlando and St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Indialantic FL. Special thanks to Dave Gerhart, Thad Anderson and Kevin Kornicki.
Harmonic Canon Streams (Horizontal Color Forms #16) utilizes the simultaneous layering of 12-tone rows based on the part for marimba 1. The rows are stretched out over the duration of the piece by repeating the individual pitches of the rows for various time lengths.
Marimba 1 row:
Eb, G#, F#, C#, B, A, G, E, D, C, F, Bb
All of the harmonic material for the pitched percussion is based on this initial row. Marimbas 2 and 3 and the vibraphone part are harmonic canons of this row transposed to different intervals:
marimba 2: major 2nd lower
marimba 3: minor 7th lower
vibraphone: perfect 4th lower
xylophone: variation of marimba 1 row
Rhythmically, these instruments each employ steady note values of eighth notes, quarter note triplets and eighth note triplets in self similar patterns creating a streaming harmonic motion. The marimbas, vibraphone and xylophone follow strict rising and falling dynamics throughout the piece while the piano, chimes and crotales provide a pointillistic sound field. The non-pitched percussion provides a steady, quiet pulse as the backdrop.
The overall effect is of a steady-state sound environment with morphing harmonies and rhythms.
The piece was premiered by Dave Gerhart and the California State University Long Beach Percussion Ensemble, December 2006
Copyright 2006 Steve Kornicki
- Contemporary classical