Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals)

Octet for percussion and string quartet (2015)

1 leaf. Large oblong folio, ca. 19″ x 29.5″ (432 x 749 mm.). On Judy Green music paper P-564.

An highly attractive example of the graphic representation of a musical composition, both manuscript and visual art. 

“Selene… is scored for the unusual combination of string quartet and percussion quartet, and specifically for a collaboration between two of the more intrepid and adventurous performing groups in the country today: the JACK Quartet and Third Coast Percussion… In classical mythology, Selene was the moon’s charioteer, as Helios was the sun’s. Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals) develops a narrative arc that features the string quartet and percussion quartet as opposed ensembles; as individual personalities in solo roles against the rest of the ensemble; and as a kind of meta-quartet, the two groups melding their timbres as closely as possible. The beginning of the piece establishes frenetic, unstable energy, which levels out and calms briefly before locking into propulsive, dancing motion. Kaleidoscopic combinations of instrumental colors focus our attention alternatively on rhythm or pitch, with brief moments of repose.”

Thomas composed this piece for Third Coast Percussion, who won the 2017 Grammy in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category.


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J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians was established in 1977 by John and Jude Lubrano. Since that time, the firm has come to be recognized as one of the leading international antiquarian dealers in the specialities of Music and Dance.

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