Title

‘A Suite of Toys'

Abstract

“A Suite of Toys” is a three-movement work for cello and piano that brings childhood toys to life. The first movement, “Soldiers,” is a playful march. Its opening theme emphasizes the instruments’ percussive qualities, using cello pizzicato and staccato in the piano. After a brief fanfare, a contrasting lyrical theme is introduced and used in counterpoint to the initial theme. “Teddy Bear,” the second movement, is a waltz whose lyrical melody soars in the cello above the piano’s jazz-inflected harmonies. Falling motifs and grace notes imitate a yawning bear as it falls asleep. The final movement, “Spinning Top,” is in a minor key and has runs and arpeggios that mimic the toy’s motion. Mixed meter and changes in tempo depict the top as it wobbles and crashes. Before this suite is performed, I will share its conception and my process of composition.

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John David Earnest

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Composer's Studio 1

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Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Performance

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‘A Suite of Toys'

Kimball Theatre

“A Suite of Toys” is a three-movement work for cello and piano that brings childhood toys to life. The first movement, “Soldiers,” is a playful march. Its opening theme emphasizes the instruments’ percussive qualities, using cello pizzicato and staccato in the piano. After a brief fanfare, a contrasting lyrical theme is introduced and used in counterpoint to the initial theme. “Teddy Bear,” the second movement, is a waltz whose lyrical melody soars in the cello above the piano’s jazz-inflected harmonies. Falling motifs and grace notes imitate a yawning bear as it falls asleep. The final movement, “Spinning Top,” is in a minor key and has runs and arpeggios that mimic the toy’s motion. Mixed meter and changes in tempo depict the top as it wobbles and crashes. Before this suite is performed, I will share its conception and my process of composition.

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