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Purdy's Maze

marimba quartet
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Composer: Brian Nozny
Instrumentation: 2 Marimba low A, 1 Marimba low C, 1 Marimba low E (optional low A)

"Commissioned by Christopher Deane for his University of North Texas marimba student quartet, “Purdy’s Maze” requires two low-A marimbas, one low-E marimba and one five-octave marimba. Starting with an unusual polyphonic 12-measure passage of “stick clicks” in 4/4, each performer gradually changes from stick clicks to brief melodic units that function as transitional embryonic fragmentation. After a second unison cadence on G sharp, the quartet begins its musical conversation with each performer stating a slightly different set of melodic pitches. Metric shifts from 4/4 to 9/8 to 8/8 back to 4/4 supply just the right amount of contrast from the opening 4/4 groove. Continued variations upon the opening rhythms provide unique interest in this challenging marimba quartet. After a brief return to the opening “stick click” section, the 204-measure quartet climaxes with a driving, rhythmically satisfying ending." - Jim Lambert, Percussive Notes October 2006

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