Ain't gonna be worried no more

Ain't gonna be worried no more

[performed by Jin Lee and Matt Sharrock]
instrumentation :  violin + marimba

2010
duration :  5’10”
written for Jin Lee and Matt Sharrock
premiere :  04.16.10 by Jin Lee and Matt Sharrock, Boston

Movements:
I.   II.   III.   IV.

        Composing this piece, I wanted to employ the Baroque notion of a single emotional context which runs through a piece. Each movement has its own sonic environment, and even if they are not imbued with specific emotional content, each maintains its own mood throughout. The first and third movements aim to combine the marimba and violin into a composite instrument, while the second and fourth play them off of each other. In the first, the marimba's high notes are colored by the violin harmonics. The second movement presents a soaring violin melody hovering above blurry marimba clusters. In the third, the two join to extend each other's gestures. The final movement is a blues, where the marimba takes on the role of temporarily freezing time with its drones.
        The title is taken from a song of the same name by American blues singer Sleepy John Estes, and although my piece never directly imitates his music, the message of his song guided my composing this piece.