Night chill
for marimba and electronics

Composition Date: 2004
Duration: 00:11:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, Percussion


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Marimba
  • 1 x Tape
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Programme Note:
Night Chill is a work of approximately eleven minutes duration for solo marimba and electronics. The piece is in a quasi rondo form, with a
repeated section beginning and ending the work. Each section between
the repeated sections explores the elements, harmonies and chord
progressions presented in the repeated sections, albeit in a distilled
manner. (The elements are presented in their raw, original forms in the
intervening sections, whereas they are placed in a more structured
context within the repeated sections.) The piece was composed in the
autumn of 2003, and the title refers to the general feeling of the piece
and the senses that surrounded me during its composition - the rustling
of leaves, bare trees and cool nights. While no direct references are
made, the piece has (to me, at least) a general sense of autumn in its
textures, harmonies and rhythms.
The piece exists in two different states, metered and unmetered. The
metered sections (in 11/16) are possible to play in exact synchronisation
with the electronics, however this is not necessary. The performer
should be able to hear the harmonic movement in the accompanying
audio, and pace themselves accordingly. Throughout the unmetered
sections several cues are given in the score, as well as times, to keep
the performer in sync with the electronics, though often synchronisation
is vague, rather than exact. The performer should (and may need to)
take many performing liberties throughout the unmetered sections. This
might include repeating or omitting notes and/or figures/phrases to stay
in sync with the electronics. The marimbist should also feel free to
improvise on any given materials within the given time. For example, in
measure 107 several of these figures might need to be repeated to stay
in sync with the electronics. The performer may simply repeat one or
more figures, or may chose to create his/her own. It should be noted
when improvising that harmonies are crucial to the structure of this
work, and should thus be considered when creating new figures.

Premiere Information:
April 16, 2004, Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal; Catherine Meunier, marimba.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 9130 L465nig 2004
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, Percussion
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 1, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ii, 12 p.) ; 28 cm.
    14 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For marimba and electronics.
    Photocopy; master of score and electronic componant in CMC Toronto.
    Composed for Catherine Meunier.
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