© PATRICK HARLIN

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CHAMBER MUSIC

Sinfonietta

 

SHADOW DANCER

 

Instrumentation

1.1.1.1./1.1.1.0./ 2 Perc., Pno., Single Strings (amplified)

 

8 minutes

 

Program Note

Shadow Dancer  is a work for dancers and orchestra, minus the dancers. 

 

 

In my early years of college one of my first jobs was to accompany modern dance classes.  Frequently the professors would say “I don’t care what notes you play, just give us a beat…” and so I would, and I would try to throw off the dancers by stretching the tunes in odd manners over that beat.  When I got the opportunity to write a work for Alarm Will Sound a group that can turn on a dime, I drew from this experience.  I wrote Shadow Dancer a work inspired by the movement of a disembodied dancer.  I thought about shadows and light, the tricks they play on us, and how these images could influence the form of the music.  This piece starts small, growing to a tutti fortissimo.  It runs through a gambit of light and dance inspired motives.   It stops and restarts and dance often does.  But most importantly for me, it is music inspired by movement.