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for mallet quartet
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:45
Personnel: 4 players
Release Date: 2019
Product ID : TSPCE19-027DL
Price: $34.00
Item #: TSPCE19-027DL

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Description

Neither Here Nor There was Paul Millette’s attempt to create “beautiful and captivating art using only simple elements.” Indeed, when each mallet part is isolated, it is constructed of very simple musical material. However, when all of the parts are combined, they create rich and complex textures that collectively enhance the piece as a whole. In Millette’s own words, “the piece isn’t happy or sad, programmatic or based entirely on theoretical principles, nor is it meant to convey any specific ideas at all. It is simply meant to be enjoyed.”

Neither Here Nor There is dedicated to Yuesen Yang, Brandon Hettwer, Mitch Geiger, Mitchell Beck, Russell Wharton, and Steven Partida who helped bring Paul’s piece to life.

Instrumentation

Xylophone

Vibraphone

2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low F

Reviews

Based on simplicity of harmony and rhythm, this five-minute quartet showcases wonderfully charming musical ideas and gestures while utilizing only a limited amount of material. All of the parts can be played with two mallets, and performers need only an introductory level of music reading ability to present a successful performance. 

From a tonal perspective, the instruments hover around scale degrees 1, 3, 5, and 7 of a G-Major scale while dancing around each other as the parts interlock to create ideas and phrases. The intellectual appeal of this piece stems from the rhythmic interplay that exists between the four parts. While there is almost always a quarter-note ostinato present in one of the parts, most of the complexity occurs when music from other players shifts by a sixteenth-note, overlays triplets, or finishes a phrase by repeating a single note that colors the harmonic texture. Hinting at music of the same nature by Christopher Deane, this work carries an accessibility that will be embraced by a broad range of listeners.

—Joshua D. Smith
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 1, February 2020

Description

Neither Here Nor There was Paul Millette’s attempt to create “beautiful and captivating art using only simple elements.” Indeed, when each mallet part is isolated, it is constructed of very simple musical material. However, when all of the parts are combined, they create rich and complex textures that collectively enhance the piece as a whole. In Millette’s own words, “the piece isn’t happy or sad, programmatic or based entirely on theoretical principles, nor is it meant to convey any specific ideas at all. It is simply meant to be enjoyed.”

Neither Here Nor There is dedicated to Yuesen Yang, Brandon Hettwer, Mitch Geiger, Mitchell Beck, Russell Wharton, and Steven Partida who helped bring Paul’s piece to life.

Instrumentation

Xylophone

Vibraphone

2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low F

Reviews

Based on simplicity of harmony and rhythm, this five-minute quartet showcases wonderfully charming musical ideas and gestures while utilizing only a limited amount of material. All of the parts can be played with two mallets, and performers need only an introductory level of music reading ability to present a successful performance. 

From a tonal perspective, the instruments hover around scale degrees 1, 3, 5, and 7 of a G-Major scale while dancing around each other as the parts interlock to create ideas and phrases. The intellectual appeal of this piece stems from the rhythmic interplay that exists between the four parts. While there is almost always a quarter-note ostinato present in one of the parts, most of the complexity occurs when music from other players shifts by a sixteenth-note, overlays triplets, or finishes a phrase by repeating a single note that colors the harmonic texture. Hinting at music of the same nature by Christopher Deane, this work carries an accessibility that will be embraced by a broad range of listeners.

—Joshua D. Smith
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 1, February 2020


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