gordon stout - G&C Music (Full Circle Publications, StoutWorks)

Vals Contempt (2016), by Nick Merillat - solo marimba 5.0, approximately 4'00"

Vals Contempt is inspired by the many waltz styles of South America, but it does not attempt to be a faithful adaptation. The Vals (meaning “waltz” in Spanish) is present in this music, but the harmonies take some adventurous turns.Vals is also a homonym with False, and the title very nearly reads “False Contempt.”  The identity of this music depends on the ears present in the jury. Commissioned by Derek Wohl. Premiered March 1, 2016 at Ithaca College.  There is a really beautiful performance of this work on my YouTube channel, performed by Katie McInerney at Ithaca College.

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