Shadow Dance

two pianos

duration 10'00”

Shadow Dance (2013) is infused with the rhythmic motive heard in the first measure. The dance’s character develops – from a syncopated groove, to an uneasy calm, to a driving frenzy – as the motive is fragmented, expanded, embellished, and layered upon itself. The pianists take turns shadowing one another throughout the piece: one plays the main motive while the other quietly plays added tones, often in near rhythmic unison, intended to add color and depth to the dance rhythms.  At times, the shadow becomes unhinged from its source and continues the dance all on its own. Shadow Dance was composed for duoARtia (pianists Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi and Holly Roadfeldt) with the generous support of a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development Grant. 

Shadow Dance is published in the Society of Composers, Inc. Journal of Musical Scores Volume 57 (J. W. Pepper, 2018) 

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DuoArtia (Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi and Holly Roadfeldt). Recorded at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Wally Messner recording engineer.

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