Stay for cello, marimba, and piano
I. Beneath the Surface (3'30")
This first movement delves into the many layers of two characters, represented by cello and marimba, and reveals more and more throughout the texture as the movement unwinds. The fast paced beginning eventually slows to a grand chromatic fall where the two characters reach a breaking point, followed by a piano interlude, ending the movement without resolution.
II. A Waltz for Two (3'00")
The second movement is the most programatic of the three, beginning with a solo statement from the marimba, and gradually introducing conversation between the cello and marimba, leading up to their first unison melody at measure 47. More conversation and more conflict ensue, but ultimately resolve at the recapitulation of the original unison melody. The final conversation occurs at the most waltz-like part of the whole movement and ends on a question mark after all that has been discussed. The dance is ultimately one of joy and unity, but there are connotations throughout that not everything is well between the two characters.
III. Everything Good Must Come to an End (3'00")
Movement three begins with conflict and constantly builds that tense feeling throughout. The cello finally has its time to speak in this movement in a cry out, resulting in more conflict. Though the two characters often find themselves in unison, the dissonance throughout the texture conveys the disagreement between two, ultimately ending with a cry out from the marimba and a strong resolution ending the conflict, but in no way in a positive light.
Marimba (4.5 octave)
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