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Mobiles

   (2000) for flute and guitar

  Ying Chen, flute; Timothy Ernest Johnson, guitar









In Mobiles, the melodic lines, harmonic progressions, and musical form are derived from the idea of rotation around an axis.  At times, the musical gestures in the flute and guitar become independent of the rhythmic beat just as the forms on the outer branches of the mobile rotate independently of the central axis.  Throughout the piece, one instrument reacts to the other as an object suspended on the mobile would be set in motion by the subtlest breeze.  This cause and effect relationship becomes most prevalent at the piece’s climax where the increasingly violent five and six-note chords in the guitar propel the musical mobile past its limit. 


Awards:

  1. CO-WINNER in 2014 Musical Amoeba Call for Scores


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