for flute, vibraphone and tabla

Composition Date: 2000
Revision Date: 2003
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Woodwind(s) / Percussion


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Vibraphone
  • 1 x Ethnic percussion
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Programme Note:
Elementalities is a set of short pieces, all based on different presentations and mutations of elements. The piece started with the idea of creating elements (short melodic and/or rhythmic fragments) and transforming them, and grew into a suite of five ˜mind games", all related to each other, but independent, such that any combination of movements may be played in concert. The outer movements, Elemental I and II, are concerned almost exclusively with basic presentation and permutation of elements. Elemental I offers four different unmetered settings of a set of elements, presenting them in different instruments, different orders and different registers. Elemental II treats a different set of elements to similar procedures, but places them in a metered setting. The second movement, Cereal, strings certain melodic and rhythmic elements of the other movements into a single melodic line. This melodic line is placed in one of several rhythmic/metric layers, and is then put through several serial permutations to create the structure. The middle movement, Floating, sets a rhapsodic flute line, drawn from the various elements of the other movements, floating above a mechanical, slowly changing background in the percussion. The fourth movement, Orange, gives the players basic materials and instructs them to improvise on them, in the way a rock band improvises on a melodic ˜lick" or chord progression. The piece was commissioned and premiered by Montreal's Lithium Ensemble (www.percussionist.net/lithium).

Premiere Information:
October, 30, 2000, Pollack Hall, Montreal, Québec; Lithium Ensemble: Sylwia Niedzwiecka, flute, Marianne Stadnyk, vibraphone, Shawn Mativetsky, tabla.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 8350 L465elm 2003
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Woodwind(s) / Percussion
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 19, 2004
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (38 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    38 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For flute, vibraphone, and tabla.
    Composed for the Lithium Ensemble.

    Awarded second prize, 2001 SOCAN Awards for Young Composers, chamber music category.

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
    I. Elemental I -- II. Cereal -- III. Floating -- IV. Orange -- V. Elemental II.
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