Honorable Mention - Classical Marimba League Competition - 2009
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.