solo percussionist (about 10 minutes)
Sapphire Heat (2005) for solo percussionist is written for Stuart Gerber. All four of the movements use only percussion instruments of indefinite pitch. The first movement focuses on instruments with a fairly rapid decay (bass drum, tom-toms, temple blocks, cowbell, and brake drum). This movement uses a mixture of regular and irregular meters and rhythms. The second movement uses metal instruments with longer decay (tam-tam, a variety of cymbals, and triangles). Although this movement is slower, the rhythms themselves remain active. The third movement is scored for snare drum, focusing on shades of timbre and energized rhythms. The final movement has the same instrumentation as the first, with the addition of suspended cymbal. Most of the movement consists of straight sixteenth notes. Although the meter is the same throughout the movement, the timbal changes and use of accents prevent the music from becoming too predictable.
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