Composer’s Name: Nico Muhly

Title of Piece: Time After Time

Number of Percussion Players: 2

Total Number of Players: 3

Instrumentation: soprano saxophone, marimba, percussion

Approximate length: 10 min.

Program Note:

“Time After Time was written for the Yesaroun’ Duo and marimbist Nancy Zeltsman. I set out to write a piece that was primarily fun to play but rhythmically challenging enough for two percussionist and one honorary percussionist to play. The title refers to the fact that all the material recycles itself at different speeds. The marimba’s long, quasi-chorale lines proceed, initially, without noticing the rhythmic shifts and upheaval below. Halfway through the piece, a jagged marimba solo features the instrument’s precise, dance-like qualities, and after being joined by the saxophone and percussion, propels the whole ensemble towards the rhythmic and harmonic excesses of the final section.”

– Nico Muhly

Categories: Mixed Ensemble

Annotated by Matt Sharrock