One three two One Dance

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Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Modern classical music
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Written at the request of Matteo Fargion as part of a workshop on music and dance. The instructions that lead tgo it's composition are as follows

Write a piece, which you can perform confidently, using the John Cage method of rhythmic units.

Use the number 7, subdivided into 1 + 3 + 2 + 1

So, each unit is made up of 7 bars of 4/4, consisting of 4 phrases , the first one 1 bar long, the second of 3 bars, the third of 2 bars and the last one 1 bar.

There are 4 sections, of different lengths:

Section 1 has 1 unit (1+3+2+1) Section 2 has 3 units (1+3+2+1; 1+3+2+1; 1+3+2+1) Section 3 has 2 units (1+3+2+1; 1+3+2+1) Section 4 has 1 unit (1+3+2+1)

The tempo is 90 beats per minute. Silence is also good, you don�t have to fill every bar! So is repetition. Keep it simple. Less is more. Use only the white notes. (sorry!) Imagine it�s for someone to dance to. Only one of you may write for piano. Those without an alternative instrument can use their voice and clap their hands, for instance. Imagine your piece is one part of a bigger picture, not a thing in itself, although that doesn't mean it can't be strong. Maybe we will combine the pieces.

Note: When first performed it, by and large, worked when two or three of the other composers played their interpretations of the above instructions together. When all seven of us tried the result was was a bit of a cacophony. Mind you, could have been due to me speeding up as there being no discernable pulse to latch on to. I just got too… excited :-).

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