Miriamic Canons, for tambourine quartet, includes 4 scores.
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“Miriamic Canons” was written for Dr. John Lane (Sam Houston State University) and his Sam Houston Percussion Group to premiere at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (the performers were SHSU undergraduates Lia Claus, Joeisha Foreman, Jacob Perales, and Eric Roberson). He had requested a quartet which would be easy to transport from Texas to Indiana, and the idea of a tambourine quartet quickly emerged with the added goal of incorporating several of the extended tambourine techniques championed by Christopher Deane. The piece was inspired by the Biblical account of Miriam leading the women of Israel in tambourine-accompanied song after the Exodus across the Red Sea, and the recurring “melodic” motive is actually a phonetic representation of the Hebrew text of her song: “Shiru l’Adonai ki-ga’oh ga'ah soos v’rochvo ramah vayam” (“Sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”).