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Shadow Dance

   (2013) for two pianos

  duoARtia: Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, Holly Roadfeldt

Shadow Dance is infused with the rhythmic motive heard in the first measure.  The dance’s character develops – from a syncopated groove, to an uneasy calm, to a driving frenzy – as the motive is fragmented, expanded, embellished, and layered upon itself.   The pianists take turns shadowing one another throughout the piece: one plays the main motive while the other quietly plays added tones, often in near rhythmic unison, intended to add color and depth to the dance rhythms.  At times, the shadow becomes unhinged from its source and continues the dance all on its own.  Shadow Dance was composed for duoARtia (pianists Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi and Holly Roadfeldt) with the generous support of a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development Grant.

A version of Shadow Dance for soprano saxophone, clarinet, and piano was created in 2015.

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