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Donald WomackOut of the BluesConcerto for Marimba and Chamber Orchestrasolo marimba with chamber orchestra or sinfonietta (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn)20:001996
Commissioned by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Out of the Blues draws on jazzy and bluesy elements in quirky combinations and odd instrumental colors. The energetic first movement builds from a single line emerging from the ensemble in hocketed fashion. The second movement bounces and slides in quasi-scherzo fashion. The slow third movement hovers quietly and mysteriously before yielding to the raucously rhythmic finale, which, like the opening movement, builds a seemingly thick texture out of a single hocketed line.