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Piece Title : Once Removed
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Composer / Arranger : Rogers, John Fitz
Composer / Arranger Details:

Composer John Fitz Rogers`s music has been performed around the world in leading venues and by ensembles and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Bang on a Can Marathon, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Cathedral, the Albany, Louisville, Charleston, and Tulsa Symphony Orchestras, New York Youth Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, the MATA, Rockport, Bumbershoot, Bowling Green, and Keys To The Future festivals, Festival of New American Music, Phillips Collection Concert Series, and by individuals and chamber ensembles such as Antares, New Century Saxophone Quartet, Capitol Quartet, Lionheart, Composers, Inc., Opus Two, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Bent Frequency, Ambassador Duo, guitarist Michael Nicolella, pianist Marina Lomazov, and bassoonist Peter Kolkay.  Recent premieres include Double Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, commissioned by the South Carolina Philharmonic with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and Magna Mysteria for soprano, chorus, and chamber orchestra, with soprano soloist Martha Guth.  In 2009, Rogers`s alto saxophone concerto The Rivers was featured at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress in Thailand.  The work was jointly commissioned by a consortium of seven universities.

Rogers has received many commissions, fellowships, and awards, including those from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, Music at the Anthology and the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, National Flute Association, MacDowell Colony, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as the Heckscher Foundation Composition Prize for his orchestral work Symphony of Cities.  Recent recordings include Once Removed, a collection of Rogers`s chamber music on Innova Recordings, as well as Prodigal Child on Alanna Records.  Previously released recordings include Transit and Push (both on Gale Recordings), A Savage Calculus on Equilibrium Records, and the Albany Symphony`s performance of Verge on Albany Records.   

A dedicated advocate for contemporary music, Rogers founded and is Artistic Director of the Southern Exposure New Music Series, which received the 2007 Chamber Music America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.  Since its inception in 2001, Southern Exposure has become one of the most dynamic and innovative concert series in the southeast, regularly hosting enthusiastic standing room audiences for performances by local and regional artists as well as internationally recognized artists such as Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the Los Angeles Piano Quartet.   

Rogers holds degrees in music from Cornell University, the Yale School of Music, and Oberlin College, where he studied composition, piano, and conducting; his composition teachers included Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Martin Bresnick, and Jacob Druckman.  He has served on the faculties of Cornell University and the Longy School of Music, as composer-in-residence for the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East, Conductor`s Institute of South Carolina, and the Southeastern Piano Festival, and as visiting faculty for the Composition Intensive Program at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival.  Rogers is currently an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of South Carolina School of Music and visiting faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  His work is published by Base Two Music Publishing.

[March 2011]

Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Duet
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 2 x 4 1/3 Octave Marimbas
Written for / Commissioned by : Scott Herring & Consortiuum of Commissioners
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 Vic Firth
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Base Two Music Publishing, Inc
Publishers Website :www.johnfitzrogers.com/purchase.html
Publisher Details :

Base Two Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP) is the exclusive publisher of the music of John Fitz Rogers.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2003 /  2003
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :Please see performance notes.
Sheet Music Available From :johnfitzrogers.com/purchase.html      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

"Once Removed" is based on a simple premise: two marimbists play the same or related music at a fairly fast tempo, but they almost never play together.  Individually, each performer must execute fairly simple patterns with great rhythmic precision, and to help, each listens to a click track (electronic pulses not heard by the audience) over headphones supplied by an audio CD.  However, what is recorded on the CD are two different click tracks on the separate left and right stereo channels (one performer listens to the left channel, the other to the right channel). 

Though both click tracks proceed at the same tempo, one track stays at a fixed distance behind the other, which mean that one performer is always slightly “behind” the other performer.  When their individually simple patterns are combined in performance, the resulting mosaic is both very fast and quite complex—something that sounds like one “super marimba” rather than two individual lines. Of course, the conceptual challenge for the performers is difficult, even though the patterns themselves are not overly virtuosic.

Musicians are trained to communicate and to play together, yet in some ways this work demands that the performers not listen to each other.  Though the technology of multiple click tracks creates new possibilities of texture and ensemble precision, the trade-off in "Once Removed" is that each player remains somewhat isolated from the instrument he or she plays, and more importantly, musically separated from the other performer, like two people trying to reach one another from opposite sides of a thin glass pane.

Performance Information:

The duo version of "Once Removed" requires two 4.3 octave marimbas.  In addition to the score and parts, performance materials also include three audio CDs (two Practice CDs for each performer, and one Performance CD).  The performers are synched to two separate click tracks via the left and right channel of the Performance CD. 

Detailed instructions for equipment and set-up are included with the score.  (In the solo version of "Once Removed," Marimba I plays live against a prerecorded performance of Marimba II.)  For rehearsing and performing as a duo, the performers will need either a computer with audio outputs, or a CD player that has dedicated left/right line outs (one can also use the headphone output, but that will require an purchasing an inexpensive stereo splitting adapter) or the CD player hooked to a stereo amplifier (like a home stereo) with line outs.  The left/right channels can then be routed directly into separate headphones (oralso into headphone amps or a small mixer for individual volume control).  The performers will also need headphones, headphone extension cords, and "mono-to-stereo" adapters if desired.

Once Removed is written for and dedicated to Scott Herring.  Co-commissioned by Cameron Britt, Patrick Hanna, Scott Herring, Nicholas Papador, Kathryn Pruitt, Keith Williams, Blake Wynia. A score can be purchased here: www.johnfitzrogers.com/purchase.html

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