…as in a mirror… (2012) for Percussion Ensemble [7:00]
Program Notes: The title of this work comes from 1 Corinthians 13:12, which says: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (NIV) The concept of a mirror is portrayed in both the overall form and small-scale details. Structurally, the piece is divided into halves, the second half being a mirror image of the first, while each half is itself somewhat palindromic. The marimba melodies, which create an underlying ostinato throughout the piece, also mirror one another – one features a stepwise descending sixth, while the other is inverted so that it ascends a sixth. Phase-shifting of both melodies adds to the dream-like, blurry texture. Finally, the stage set-up creates a visual representation of a mirror, with the center of the stage acting as the line of symmetry. This spacing between the instruments also serves the purpose of adding clarity and interest to the marimba and tenor drum parts.