Wood & Metal Bars

2015 – for percussion quartet – 10:00


coming 2019

Album: What Goes Around
Musician(s): Beverley Johnston
Producer: Jean Martin, Frank Horvat

Programme Notes

Wood & Metal Bars is a composition where I very much explore my fascination with using looping motifs. Minimalist music has always had such a strong connection to percussion performing forces, especially in the work of Steve Reich, who’s music has always had a big influence over me. But in composing this percussion-only piece, I really wanted to ensure that melody was just as important as rhythm. That’s why I decided to combine the 4 main mallet instruments. It was also interesting to explore the balance in timbre between wood and bell-like sounds.

One thing that makes this work unique compared to most of my other compositions is that it is not programmatic, in other words, not based on a specific non-musical influence. What does make it quite typical of my other works is that it invites the listener to go into another headspace and allow for a certain level of introspection.

I also find the piece to be energetic and happy. At the time of composing it, I was in a good spot in my life, feeling content. I guess that might have rubbed off here a bit.

– Frank Horvat


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