Blue Neon Tumbleweed II

Blue Neon Tumbleweed II

Blue Neon Tumbleweed II

for solo xylophone

Program Notes

Blue Neon Tumbleweed II is the second of two pieces inspired by a work of the well-known American glass artist, Dale Chihuly.  The first is a movement from Two for Chihuly, for clarinet and bass clarinet, composed in 2017.  This music is based on themes from the earlier work, but is in not an arrangement or transcription of it.

However, the program notes for that work apply equally well here:  Blue Neon Tumbleweed is housed in the Chihuly Collection of the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It is exactly what you might think: very, very blue and bursting with light and energy.  It doesn’t move, but as someone who grew up around tumbleweeds, I could easily imagine it rolling along the plains, blown here and there unpredictably by the constantly shifting Texas Panhandle winds.  I have tried to capture that unpredictability with appropriately swirling motives, sudden changes of dynamics and register, and a momentum that lets up only occasionally and briefly.

Blue Neon Tumbleweed II was written for Japanese percussionist Eri Hidano

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