Nick Fox, percussion
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Block, for solo percussion, is scored for three small drums and three pieces of metal. Twelve motivic cells are each iterated four times (transformed according to the classic twelve-tone forms) across the span of the work’s eight minutes. Other notable features include triplet-based fractional (“broken”) meters, simultaneities of as many as four notes, and “backward” grace-notes that occur after the primary notes. Block was commissioned by percussionist Tony Oliver, who premiered the work in New York City in 1997.