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So: draft version of my first Posterchildren-inspired composition. It’s called Dysfunctional Duo (Dynamic Duo puns, anyone?) and it’s for Ida Mae and Maks. I will probably have further feedback from tutors and maybe a few more players - I might even see if I can get it performed live - so this is not the final version, just a recording from Sibelius. I hope you find it interesting!
Ida Mae is represented by a clarinet and has a melodic line, and Maks is a violin trying to join in. Every time he’s about to play a note in unison with her she plays starts her theme again, sometimes modulating to clashing keys. It’s supposed to represent the fact that Ida Mae is the Alpha and basically avoids working with Maks, while Maks is the Beta and very teamwork-oriented because of his background in the circus. He’s pretty smart and keeps trying different ways of working with the clarinet part (joining in directly, sneaking in, creating new material in the hope of latching on), which form the different sections. It’s not supposed to sound nice because Ida Mae is not trying to work with Maks, melodically or tonally.
It’s a partly-performed piece, in that there is acting from the players: Ida Mae’s player will stop and start and put her instrument down and eventually walk offstage.
It did occur to me that the most faithful way to end the piece would be for the clarinettist to walk off stage and for somebody else to walk on, grab the violin and smash it.
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