This is a monothematic, ABA-form etude in the whole-tone scale, at moderate tempo, with a fugal middle. (It is an elaboration of my very earliest piano etude, which I wrote at the age of 12 in the theory class of my piano teacher, Nellie Tholen.) One modest textural effect I invented was a melody in long single glockenspiel tones, enhanced by quiet fast rolls (tremolos) on the same notes in xylophone.
A special characteristic was my confident use of the kettledrums as a melodic instrument. And according to a later teacher who heard this piece, I apparently solved the problem of how to write a harmonic cadence in the whole tone scale. . . . The overall effect is ethereal.
|Allegro||glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, timpani (4-5 pedal)||5'||1972|
|Order This»||Colorful, rhythmic, motive-rich etude unfolding the potential of the pitched percussion quartet. Varied sonata form in diminished scale, built around opening motives; dance-like B tune in vibraphone. Bouncy changing meters and interweaving scale passages. First Prize, Aspen Festival Composition Competition 1972.||Notes»|
|Chiaroscuro||glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, timpani (4-5 pedal)||5'||1958/63|
|Order This»||Ringing monothematic etude in whole-tone scale, moderate speed; fugal middle.||Notes»|