Fifty​-​Five "Measures" for Toby Strauss

from by Matthew Neil Andrews

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Composed fall 2000; performed and recorded in the spring of 2001.

Commissioned by Mr. Tobias Strauss while we were living and working together. Toby wanted something for us to play that was "more like those early dissonant things" (referring to an early set of miniatures I had written for us, the second of which was indeed quite Schoenbergish). I whipped up some atonal cells based on symmetrical pitch-class sets (thanks Allen Forte!) and fooled around with a bunch of dissonant chords on the marimba (mostly Schoenberg-like quartal and inverted flat-9 chords).

The "measures" of title are, naturally, also symmetrical. I was just learning about North Indian classical music, and decided to structure the music using groupings of short motives within longer rhythmic patterns of fourteen and twenty-six beats each.

By the time I finished writing all this, Toby's schedule had changed and he had become unavailable, so Mr. Matthew Nipper (heard here) stepped in. I think Matt did an amazing job with what is still some of the most difficult music I have ever written.


from Vanguard Recitals, released May 17, 2016
Composed by Matthew Andrews.

Performed by: Matt Nipper, clarinet; Matthew Andrews, marimba.



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