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Words/Echoes (2005)

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IInstrumentation: Percussion (2 congas, bongos, tambourine) and Pre-Recorded CD
Duration: 5’
Commission: Commissioned by Michael Lipsey
Notes: Words/Echoes, commissioned by Michael Lipsey, is an offshoot of an opera I was working on at the time entitled RedDust. It was one of the opera’s main characters, Gertrude Stein, in particular her piece “As A Wife Has A Cow A Love Story,” that inspired the rhythms and sound patterns of this hand drum piece. Hand Drumming and narrative, or story telling, are strongly linked in many world cultures. This tendency, especially as it relates to the rhythms and patterning of word successions, is obtusely reflected in this Woolf/Stein Retro/Techno Rock out!
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Recordings: Capstone Records CPS 8773, Michael Lipsey, percussion
Availability: Calabrese Brothers Music. http://www.calabresebrothersmusic.com/solo_percussion_collections/hand_drum_solos_an_annotated_anthology
World Premiere: February 27, 2006, Michael Lipsey, Hartt School of Music
Notable Performances: March 2, 2006, Michael Lipsey, Festival of the Arts in Sacramento