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Roux-Wave (1985) [07:00]
mixed styles style

Mixed Ensemble

Publisher:
Soundlib Press

Recording:
None

The suggested instrumentation for this poly-ethnic piece is violin, electric guitar, keyboard, electric bass, ethnic drummer and rock drummer, but it is open for adaptation to different groups, smaller or larger. The composition explores a variety of performance styles ranging from classical baroque to primitive ethnic, bluegrass, new wave and punk. The notation is specific and sectional but allows for repetition, expansion and soloing.

Program Note:
Sailing (1983) - c. 5:00; and Roux-Wave (1985) - c. 6:00; are trans-ethnic-pop pieces with adaptable mixed instrumentation which could include banjo, classical and electric guitars. While the first is somewhat generically "from the East," the second employs several popular American styles including country and rock. This music, in lead-sheet format, is adaptable to a variety of situations and modes of performance and allows for combinations of performing musicians from classical, ethnic and popular contexts.

"Sailing" (1983) and "Roux Wave" (1985) are trans-ethnic pieces. While the first is somewhat generically "from the East", the second employs certain popular Western genre and implies even more. This music is adaptable to a variety of different instruments and modes of performance. The versions here presented were organized by JaFran Jones (of the BGSU music faculty) and display individual interpretations and improvisations by the performers as well. This does not represent the abdication of compositional decision-making nor is the music in any sense indeterminate. Rather, the open nature of the notation encourages situational adaptations and allows for combinations of performing musicians from classical, ethnic and popular styles.