In eastern art, empty space is just as important as the subject within the work. Soundshades and Silences was written with the same philosophy in which silence is just as important as sound. This piece uses a variety of percussion instruments to explore sound and its relation to silence. It seeks to establish a meditative atmosphere in which the tapestries of instrumental colors are explored on both pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. This piece includes sound colors, which are a bowed vibraphone, a bowed cymbal and even a bowed music stand.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Number of measures: 92
Number of pages (Score): 4
(played with mallets and 2 bows),
2 Tom-toms, Snare Drum, Chimes, Metal Music Stand (to be bowed), Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum
Marimba, Orchestra Bells,
Temple Blocks, Tam-tam, Woodblock, Suspended Cymbal,
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This piece was premiered on a CSULB Composers' Guild Concert and was conducted by Eric D. Sharp and on May 12, 1993 at the Daniel Recital Hall in Long Beach, CA.
Percussion - Dave Beery and Dave Gerhart.
This piece was also performed on Eric D. Sharp’s composition recital and was conducted by Eric D. Sharp on March 26, 1995 at the Daniel Recital Hall in Long Beach, CA.
Percussion - Dave Beery and Chris Wabich