• Joan Tower
  • Island Rhythms (1985)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
  • 2(pic).2.2.22.2.0+btbn.1timp.2percstr
  • 8 min

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Composer note:

Island Rhythms is a seven-and-a-half minute celebratory piece divided into three sections: fast-slow-fast. The fast outer sections, somewhat reminiscent of Caribbean drum music, develop and explore a repeated figure through textural, timbral, registral, and dynamic contrasts. The repeated tutti chord which climaxes the work was inspired by a fragment from the final movement of Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique. The central section has a slow-moving upward direction that becomes more "luminous" as it rises. This was an attempt to depict an underwater swimmer gradually rising to the water's surface from a very deep place in the ocean.

— Joan Tower

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Island Prelude for Solo Oboe and String Orchestra
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