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Samara Rice

Building the Wall


Performance Notes: -The tone clusters are to be performed as in Henry Cowell's "The Tides of Manaunaun" "...[P]layed either with the flat of the hand, or with the forearm or with the fist, according to the length of the cluster. Care should be taken to play all the tones exactly together in the legato passages, to press down the keys, to press down the keys, rather than to strike them, thus obtaining a smoother tone quality, and a unified sound. Care must be taken that the outer limits of the clusters are absolutely precise, as written, and that each tone as indicated between the outer limits is actually sounded. The forearm should be held in a straight line along the keys, except in case the arm of the pianist is too long, in which ase the arm must be partly dropped off the keys at an angle to give the proper lenth." -The tone clusters throughout the piece should include all chromatic tones between the upper and lower tone given.

Program Notes: "Building the Wall" intertwines reconstructed/deconstructed melodic material sourced from the National Anthem of the United States - “The Star-Spangled Banner� and the National Anthem of Mexico - "Himno

Nacional Mexicano." Cluster chords interrupt these anthems to begin building the wall. You might also recognize another famous wall melody hidden in the mix.


for Nick Phillips

Building the Wall Samara Rice

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Profile for Nicholas Phillips

"Building the Wall" by Samara Rice  

Part of the #45miniatures Project, and commissioned by pianist Nicholas Phillips. Available from the composer. Click on any page of the scor...

"Building the Wall" by Samara Rice  

Part of the #45miniatures Project, and commissioned by pianist Nicholas Phillips. Available from the composer. Click on any page of the scor...

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