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Breathless -
00:00 / 00:00

Commissioned by Alan Remington

for the Orange Coast College Symphony

First performance: May 5, 2002

33(+EH)33 4331 perc timp str

Duration 12'

Breathless is part of a larger magnum opus which also includes Flowers and Stones (1985), Crushed Flowers (2006) and Pelican Song (2007).

The entirety is bound by a mysterious trance-inducing ostinato, heard here primarily in the marimba.

The piece begins with a bang — and then it's off and running, a single through-composed movement with assorted changes of pace and texture along the way. The unmitigated forward motion is ultimately resolved in a static "chord", held for as long as the individual players are able within a single breath — until they all are, in the end, "breathless"


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