for trumpet trombone violoncello piano ebass percussion percussion COBI VAN TONDER JULY 2006
Coexistenz Notes: This piece consists of a lot of slides and ornaments. They are very fast and mechanical. The character of the piece is engrained in these hooks. If they are not playable, it is possible to simplify (especially of chromatic slides) or in the case of percussion even change instruments if this will help. Since the tempo is 160bpm in many cases a general trill or slide will be just as effective. As long as where indicated, at least the START Pitch of each slide is retained or the END pith of an ornament. The whole ensemble should feel like it’s locked into each other and interdependent. Is it possible to play all the pitches on the Timpani? If not, 3 or so different pitches together with the bass drum will do. ALSO at 160 Bpm, a 16th note rest is perhaps not attainable and the notation in this case should be seen as a guide to the phrasing of the piece and individual lines. The 16th note delays and anticipations become almost an inaudible ‘breath’ factor which, if achieved, will make the piece much more lively and beautiful. The important factor is that rhythmically the piece should sit together like a machine. Also very light. I originally wanted to only hint at pitch (with the brass being more surface oriented and only breath and valves audible) and the piano prepared so that it’s pitch is completely removed and everything quite soft. I do like the colors, however, so the pitches are important but again, please give focus to rhythmic accuracy.
Botox - July 2006