Just the delicate sound of a few musicians and the freedom to be creative.
A Prelude do Tamanduá
Cello: Micha Haran
Piano Xheni Roji
Percussion: João MacDowell
Download Pdf score: 00 Prelude to Tamandua
Intermezzo for chamber opera Plastic Flowers, as featured in the short documentary “Um Piano no Vidigal”:
Composition for 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos. Alternate version available for string orchestra with divisi.
Uma Noite – String Octet PDF
Dançando e tropeçando.
A short piece for violin and viola duet.
Download Pdf score: Dançando e Tropeçando
This is the first part of a 3 movement suite. The title could be roughly translated as “Dancing and Stumbling”.
I wanted to create a piece with exiting rhythms and limited thematic material that could be used to create tensions in polymodality while staying within somewhat limited macroharmony and easily perceivable pitch center.
In each section different modes are used in parallel with more or less notes in common. I avoided extreme modal contrasts, my aim was to create a texture that sounds somehow familiar, yet interesting. I experimented with parallel modes that would share the grounding tones, while passing notes could vary in amounts of dissimilarities and dissonance. Thus the tonic and the fifth of each mode split among the 2 players usually remain stable while all other notes may present different degrees of tension. That sense of ground permits a clear independence of the voices, even when both are playing in isorhythm.
Preference was given to modes that are somehow less common in Western music, such as Phrygian, Phrygian-major, Lydian-minor, Lydian-b9, Phrygian-Lydian (1, b2, b3, #4, 5, 6, 7). Each voice tends to be perceived as an independent force that pulls in different directions, sometimes complementing, sometimes stretching the distance between parts, but finally meeting in a common ground. The rhythms are derived from a Brazilian folk dance called Afoxé.
Escher – featuring the Malagueta Trio
The theme Escher was based on an arbitrary rhythm, built on the prime number 13. It was originally to portray NY and a character from Tamanduá, the opera. The challenge with the trio was to play it like it was a folk beat from the back-lands of Brazil.
for bassoon solo.
Featuring Daniel Smith on bassoon.
Download Pdf score: Choro n1 para bassoon solo
This solo piece is part of a set of compositions for solo instruments.
Piano: Dmitri Korneev
Violoncello: Daniel Mumm
Percussion: Peter Abazia, John Carega, Raymond Carega
Download pdf score: 27 Death Transition – Chamber Ensemble
If you like these recordings, you might want to check the Malagueta Trio.
I have scores for the following ensembles, just drop a message and I’ll email it. If you decide to play any of these, please send me a recording!
- String Quartet
- String Octet
- Violin and viola, duet.
- Cello and oboe, duet.
- Wind Octet (Stravinsky gewidmet)
- Mixed Trio (Counter-bass, bassoon, marimba)
- Piano solo
- Mixed Ensemble (string quintet, flute, clarinet, oboe, guitar, mandolin, 2 percussions)
- Art songs (piano and voice)
- Mixed Percussion Ensemble (3 players)
- 4 Kettle Drums – solo
Making music has been a journey and it has taken me in many directions. I am very thankful to life for having granted me this chance.
I feel that I am just beginning to return what I have received.
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