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Möbius



Work Details

2009
Percussion Ensmble
7 minutes


Instrumentation

Version 1
2 marimbas / 2 vibes / 2 brake dr / 2 cowbells / bassdr / tam-tam / windgong / conga / 2 bongos / lowtimbales / woodblock / cym / chinesecym / fielddr / snare / piccsnare / 3toms / crot / 8timps

Version 2
4 marimbas / 4 vibes / 2 brake dr / cowbell / bassdr / tam-tam / windgong / conga / 2 bongos / 2 timbales / 2 cym / chinesecym / iron pipe / 2 sets temple blocks / snare / piccsnare / 3toms / crot / 8timps


Programme Note

Discovered in 1858 by German mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius, a Möbius strip is created by cutting a closed band into a single strip, giving one of the two ends a half twist, and then reattaching them. The result is an object with one surface and one edge.

My piece takes it inspiration from an M. C. Escher woodcut showing ants on a Möbius strip. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point without ever crossing an edge, having traversed the entire length of the strip.


Past Performances

20 February 2009
Duke's Hall, London
Royal Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble
Neil Percy

11 March 2011
Duke's Hall, London
Royal Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble
Neil Percy

19 June 2013
St. Luke's, London
LSO Percussion Academy
Neil Percy

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