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Amazonia Dreaming

snare drum, voice (1987)

This is a nocturnal piece, evocative of the rich soundscapes of the Amazon forests. It was commissioned by composer-percussionist Stuart Smith for his anthology of new works for snare drum, The Noble Snare. Experimenting with a borrowed drum, I became aware of sonorities available from almost every part of the instrument, a much wider range than I'd associated with it previously. They suggested delicacy, close focus, a sensual world reminiscent of certain vocal sounds, thus, a duet for hands and voice.