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Ripple Marks in E

4 instruments (and bass drum ad lib.)

Ripple Marks (1999) is based on a melodic theme that develops in the first instrument (3 notes, then 5, then 7, then 9, then 5 and finally 3) while the second instrument plays a motif consisting of the same notes as the theme of the first, but written in regular values (sixteenth notes) in the high register.

The regular eighth notes of the polyphonic instrument are the same motif, but in retrograde motion, while a single pedal note (low C) resounds in irregular long values punctuated by the bass drum. Slow and collected, the ensemble gives an impression of polymetry due to the shifting accents of each instrument.

This work appears on several CDs:

  • Leave me alone, minimalist music for clarinets (Ronald Van Spaendonck / Pavane Records ADW 7582)
  • Belgian chamber music (Marcos Fregnani-Martins, Erez Ofer, Igal Braslavsky, Karolina Maziarz, Rachel Talitman / Harp&Co 5050-28)
  • 4ON1 (Piano Duo Gastesi-Bezerra / Josquin Records 371-1)
  • Trio Giocoso (Sibel Kumru-Pensel, Aysegül Kirmanoglu, Johan Schmidt / Le Chant de Linos 1498)
  • Le Monde Sonore de Michel Lysight (Leonardo Anglani, Kimberly Egberts, Joseph Grau, Hugues Navez, Johan Schmidt, Ronald Van Spaendonck, DVD Sestarmusic-Maguelone SSMTV-0013 MAG 111.179)

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