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Serbian Chant


Drones and Nanorhythms (2000)

For Woodwind Quintet

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"Drones and Nanorhythms" was composed in December of 2000 for the Solaris wind quintet in residence at the University of Akron. All three movements use a remarkably simple harmonic language whose main characteristic is a slow harmonic rhythm, often with either a pedal-tone or ostinato in the accompaniment, tri-tonal and stepwise modulations, and thematic material which is largely built around the perfect 5th and is at times highly ornate. The opening movement, "Drones and Nanorhythms" (in C) - from which the work gets its name - is in a fast tempo but with a slow introduction which is composed in an pseudo-improvisatory manner utilizing idioms heard in the music of the Balkans. The middle movement, "Quintessence" (in Eb), features the English Horn in place of the Oboe and is built around a simple recurring theme set in a cumulative texture. The finale, "Joy-ride" (in C), is a fast movement with a slower interior which brings back some of the ethnic flavor of the opening movement.

I. Drones and Nanorhythms

II. Quintessence

III. Joy-ride

Total duration of the work is 12 minutes.

The Solaris wind Quintet's second CD "American Quintets II" by Capsone Records. (CPS-8723)  featuring Resanovic's "Drones and Nanorhythms" was released during the last week of August - summer (2003).

Other Resanovic works for Wind Quintet/Quartet:

"The Golden Canon" for Wind Quintet

"Thing-a-ma jig" for Wind Quartet