Corresponding Points of Self-Similar Lines in a Terminal Cadence (2011-2015) by Steve Kornicki
I have been fortunate to work, play and commission works by Steve Kornicki. I have always enjoyed his music and I was happy to see his new piece by Ensemble P4.
Kristie Born, piano
Rose Shlyam Grace, piano
Marja Kerney, vibraphone
Thad Anderson, marimba
Ensemble P4 is an intercollegiate piano and percussion quartet based in Central Florida. Formed in 2012, the group has performed extensively throughout the state of Florida and recently completed a mid-west tour with stops at the University of Illinois at Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Valparaiso University. Upcoming projects include commissioning five new works, a concert tour here in Florida, and a recording project. Ensemble P4 is made up of faculty members from Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, and the University of Central Florida.
“Corresponding Points of Self-Similar Lines in a Terminal Cadence” is harmonically constructed from the layering of three tonally compatible twelve-tone rows listed below. Self-similarity is applied to the continuity of rhythm and texture with the piano lines in fragmented, pointillistic patterns throughout and the keyboard percussion in fixed, grid-like ostinati. A gradual momentum ensues reaching its terminus wherein the rhythmic self-similarity finally relents and breaks apart into a cadence of triplets and a final, dissipating chord of trilling sounds.
The electronic playback is a rhythmic accompaniment consisting entirely of sampled “found object” percussive sounds recorded by the composer. The playback begins the piece with a count off and corresponds and synchronizes with the ensemble.
Piano 1, marimba = A, F#, G, E , D, C, Bb, Ab, F, Db, Eb, B
Piano 2 = B, E, A, D, C, Eb, Bb, F, G, Db, Ab , F#
Vibraphone = C#, D, B, G, F, A, C, Eb, Bb, Ab, F#, E
This performance is from the University of Central Florida, February 13, 2016.
Copyright 2016 Steve Kornicki