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[marimba, clarinet]

Commissioned by the Kobe Shinbun Arts Foundation for Makoto Nakura

Premiered October 11, 2001. Matsukata Hall, Japan.

Makoto Nakura, marimba; Todd Palmer, clarinet.


Program note:

Lately, I have been looking at the work of Willem de Kooning, who came to the United States from his native Holland to later become one of America's most representative twentieth-century artists. I have always been impressed by the brutality, the energy, the dynamic forms, and the synthetic power of de Kooning's work, and have now composed a piece that, through its exploration of the dramatic power of rhythm and bold instrumental gestures, seems to conjure for me the experience of flipping through the pages of a printed catalogue of de Kooning's paintings. A journey that allows me to savor with each stop a graphic, perfectly assimilated and electric concoction of Matisse, Picasso, German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and total abstraction. © 2002, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez


Two pieces from Manuel de Falla's "El Amor Brujo," accented by Palmer's bright clarinet, were standouts, but the program's highlight was "De Kooning Movements," composed in 2001 by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez for Nakura and Palmer. Competing lines for clarinet and marimba darted across each other in sharp counterpoint and hiccups of sound that ended in a raucous shriek. Every note of it aptly suggested the painter's controversial style.

L. Peat O'Neil © 2003 The Washington Post Company


Sample score

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