After Creation is an entry into the Vox Novus 15 Minutes of Fame competition for flute and marimba duet. Unfortunately the entry was not accepted for performance but undeterred I present to you a performance of the score rendered by Garritan Personal Orchestra. There is a bit of a story behind this piece. As family matters had reduced my composing time I had two pieces due on the same day, one for classical guitar, and another for marimba or marimba & flute duet. Being a classical guitarist I devoted my limited time to that piece since I had a clear vision of what I wanted to create and was willing to skip the other entry if needed. What happened was that I finished the guitar piece 3 days early. And then I heard Norm Harris’ masterful percussion improvisation in 7/8 time called Groove for Shabbat. ( Play Groove for Shabbat ) Inspired by Norm’s composition I asked him if I could have a TUBS score of a portion of the piece to let me try to translate from an almost pure percussive realm into a harmonic and melodic realm. Norm kindly replied with the score you see above these words. Using this as a template I translated the several percussive lines into melodic voices with an eye to combining them harmonically. The result is playable and available for download below.
A word about the title. Norm’s original post explained ” (That in Cuba) The number 7 is a symbol for perfection or completeness: 7 colors in a rainbow, 7 musical notes in a scale, 7 days = a week, etc. and to that end Shabbat is the Jewish name for the 7th day of the week – a day of rest after God created the Universe.
Since I was writing for real performers with “common” 12 equal instruments writing microtonally was not a possibility. However, now with a computer rendering via Garritan Personal Orchestra I can use Kraig Grady’s Centaur A 7-Cap Just Intonation tuning shown below. A small note here – a requirement of entry into the composition was that the composition could not exceed 1 minute in length. This piece is about 53 seconds long.
! C:\Cakewalk\scales\CENTAUR A 7-CAP TUNING.scl
kraig grady CENTAUR A 7-CAP TUNING