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Scoring

2.picc.2.2.2.dbn-2.2.3.1-perc(2):I=2timp/1susp.cym/SD/3bongos/tamb/maracas/guiro/tgl/claves; II=xyl/1susp.cym/BD/SD/3bongos/4tpl.bl/tamb/maracas/1wdbl(hi)/chimes-strings(8.8.6.4.2)

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Publisher

Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

Programme Note

Grasshoppers was written in 1956 during Mamlok’s studies at the Manhattan School. She balances a variety of moods, textures and tempi in six brief movemenm of a divertimento-like character that are thematically unified by the use of melodic fourths and scurrying chromatic figures. The second movement, “Night Serenade,” is a poignant siciliano, the fourth movement a bitonal “Minuet,” while the fifth movement, “In the Army,” is a humorous march. The third movement, “In the Rain,” is the most virtuosic of the set. Grasshoppers concludes with “Hurrying Home,” a rapid, often bitonal waltz. Marnlok orchestrared Grasshoppers in 1957. lts 1958 orchestral premiere, by Carl Bamberger and the Süddeutsches Rundfunkorchester, was one of the first important performances of her music.
© Barry Wiener / Bridge Records


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