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Piece Title : Duet No.4 (Saliferous Reminiscense)
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Composer / Arranger : Shiloah, Eldad
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Eldad Shiloah was born in France and raised in Jerusalem-Israel. He studied the recorder and Piano before switching to Percussion after having attended a summer course percussion workshop. Eldad completed his Bachelors degree at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and his Masters degree (with distinction) at Indiana University. He also studied one year in Paris-France. All the while he took various theory and composition courses. He has played as Timpanist/Percussionist with various orchestras and is now First Percussionist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, where he is also the Program Editor. Eldad has played with various contemporary music ensembles and has written texts for and has hosted children concert within various frames. He teaches percussion to children (8-18 years old) at the Jerusalem conservatory and the Natanya municipal conservatory. Eldad composes mainly for percussion, trying to compose "listener friendly" works. His works have been published by Alfonce Production (France) and Beurskens Editions (Holland). He resides in Natanya with his wife Bina (Dance teacher and choreographer) and their three children -Itai, Yoav and Na`ama.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2006 / 
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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Saliferous Reminiscence, or Duet no. 4, is based on a poem by the same name by Genie Meitner. The first lines of the poem are: Sensing the wind/

as that time / when I stood exposed / to the easterly breeze /welcoming me / as I came to /the desert triggered the whole piece, and its minimal approach.


The music does not follow the words hand in- hand but rather than that tries to depict a desertic atmosphere. The emptiness, the quiet, the loneliness, the stillness and mysteriousness that fill one with awe.


The work is scored for mallet instruments + tuned gongs and 2 tam-tams. The music is freely written i.e. there are no rhythms and the length of the notes (and the work for that matter) is determined by the relative distance between them. This gives the performers ample freedom of execution. The meditative effect of the work is reached by the use of long Marimba rolls, continuously performed in different techniques, combined with quiet Vibraphone, gong and tam-tam notes.


The serenity is interrupted with occasional Crotale bursts. As the music progresses, the Phrygic mode that started it becomes tainted by inserts of other modes, and something similar to a slow rhythm (or beat) can be detected. The music heats up a bit and the textures become less airy while various motivic elements combine with one another. At that point (should the performers desire too) a reading of the poem starts whilst the music carries on.


The poem can be performed live or via a recording (this might require the use of a 3rd person ,B preferably an actor/actress). The poem ends with its subjects B falling asleep on that fortress wall and the music, having reached its climax, quietly and mysteriously slowly fades away into the background leaving the audience with a longing feeling.

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