Title: Broken Meditation
Instruments: Trombone and Marimba
This piece uses interactions between the vibraphone and trombone to drive the music forward. In the first section, the vibraphone meditates on repeated triads (a tritone apart) which build up a chromatic completion. The trombone tries to assimilate with this undulating ostinato, but fails, unleashing frustrated bursts of sound. This continues until the two instruments take a more hostile attitude in the middle section, where dissonance and rhythmic complexity come to the fore. They come together and work as a blended unit by the end, with only a few echoes of the earlier conflict.
Written for the Nobue Matsuoka and Todd Baldwin
First Performed: April 2014: Montgomery College Masterpieces Festival