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"Where But For Polyrhythms Would I Be" by Kristian Labrie

Composer Name: Kristian Labrie
A simple and short piece that introduces a motif and builds upon it until the climax of the piece (in the form of a drum solo) and then returns back to the basics. One of my first compositions.
Grade Level: 12
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Other
Instrumentation: Xylophone, Piano, and Drum Set
Key: C
Meter Signature: 11/8
Tempo: Quarter Note = 112-120
Status: Completed Work
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#1 Matt Podd 2018-02-12 23:05
Hi Kristian

Very cool piece!

I really enjoyed this. The layers are all really effective on their respective instruments. Are you a percussionist yourself? I'm curious if are able to perform this? The time signature sure makes it a challenge, but certainly doable.

You know when we got to measure 21 I was feeling like the piece had really arrived somewhere groovy, and satisfying on another level. I have to say I was disappointed at how quickly this arrival was over. Did you consider developing or elaborating on these measures? I think we could stand to hear more of it!

I know you've indicated that this is a completed work, but I thought I'd put it out there incase you're open to the feedback. Great work.

One other idea I had was that I'd be interested to hear the xylophone part played on Marimba instead. I feel like it might make a better blend with the other 2 instruments. A little darker and "earthy" rather than the cutting bright sound of a xylophone. What do you think?


Matt Podd

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