work details

Opposing Forces

  • Instrumentation: 2 marimbas
  • Completed: May 2003
  • Duration: 2 minutes
  • Awards:

    Honorable Mention - Classical Marimba League Competition - 2009

  • Program Note:

    Opposing Forces was written at the request of an incredible colleague, conductor, performer, and musician Cayenna Ponchione.  In high school, I was enthusiastically recruited for the marching band having no idea what I was to play. (I was taught piano by mother starting at age 7, and presumably this prepared me for playing a mallet percussion instrument!)  I showed up that summer, was handed two mallets, and began to learn to play the marimba.  This duet makes use of a quartal harmonic sound-world and is similar in many aspects to the only marimba solo I ever performed in public, Mitchell Peters’ Yellow After the Rain. It is dedicated fondly to Cayenna Ponchione and Joshua Oxford. 

  • Performances:
    • April 1, 2006 (premiere)
      Dominick DiOrio Senior Composition Recital
      Cayenna Ponchione and Joshua Oxford, marimbas
      Ithaca College - Ford Hall - Ithaca, NY