for tuned percussion and pianoPerc (Marimba, Vib & Crotales) & Pf (1999)
|Commission||The BBC for members of the Steve Martland Band for ‘Music Live 1999’|
|Premiere||7 May 1999; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow; Colin Currie, percussion and James Pearson, piano|
This piece forms part of a triptych of duos written in 1999. The others being Fracture for Alto Sax & Piano and Shiver & Shake for Trumpet & Piano. The principal behind all three pieces is an attempt to achieve equality between the two instruments rather than solo with piano accompaniment. The title is simply a reference to the many parallel lines within a piano and the tuned percussion instruments employed and, as ever, derives from a pop source; namely the classic Blondie album of the same name. The piece lasts 10 minutes and was commissioned by the BBC for Music Live in Glasgow in 1999. It was premiered by Colin Currie and James Pearson.