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Like Spinning Plates (2011)
for 7 or more trombones

Written for the New Trombone Collective
To be performed on April 15 2011, New Trombone Collective

Program notes:
This piece was written for seven trombones or, in an ideal situatuation, nine trombones (or multiples). This amount of nine comes forth from the structure of the piece: nine rhythmical motives that are reordered in a Messiaen-like way:
A B C D E F G H I
E F D G C H B I A
C H G B D I F A E
D I B F G A H E C
G A F H B E I C D
B E H I F C A D G
F C I A H D E G B
H D A E I G C B F
I G E C A B D F H
And then the reordering starts to repeat itself. The distance between these motives varies, so they start to phase in and out. Like Spinning Plates starts with a lot of hollering on an A# with shifting accents which results in a spatial effect. This effect reminded me of the song with the same name by the band Radiohead, hence the title. The staccato notes get varied and developed, harmony is introduced slowly and in a stepwise manner. From bar 74 on, the chord slowly descends where it, because of the position in the register, gets more and more distorted. The piece ends with a slow chorale where the parts of the harmony start to phase out. The timbre gets more and more fluffy by the use of mutes.

Instrumentation:
7(+)trombones

duration:
c. 7 minutes

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