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Scoring cassa/BD/congas/bongos/whip/tpl.bl/guiro/maraca/shell shaker/key chimes/agogo bells/crash cyms/cast/toy walkie-talkies-kbd(Fender Rhodes and Hammond B3 or high-quality sampled instruments)-laptop-strings(

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

World Premiere
Philharmonie, Köln
Ensemble Musikfabrik / Johannes Fischer
Composer's Notes

Shades of Red is a musical conversation about the color red. Its four parts—Carmine, Magenta, Crimson, and Vermilion—each showcase a different tonal shade, and reaction-hierarchy between the instruments. The soundtrack extends and mirrors the sound of the instruments and functions as an alter ego of the acoustic sound, confronting the players with a warped version of their own playing. A special role is carved out for the Rhodes and Hammond keyboards, often creating rhythmical markings and impulses that shape the rest of the ensemble.


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