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drift, drop

for two ensembles

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  16m
Instrumentation:  picc/alt. fl, cl, ob, bsn, tpt, trb, 2 perc, pno, vc + db (PERC 1: vib., low woodblk, muted cowbell, triangle | PERC 2: glock, marimba, lrg sus. cymbal, bass drm, sizzle cymbal, low+hi woodblks, muted cowbell, triangle)

Year:  2006
Duration:  16m
Instrumentation  picc/alt. fl, cl, ob, bsn, ...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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Juliet Palmer: drift, drop ...

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drift, drop grew out of the folksong Down by Sally’s Garden as sung by Leo Spenser in Lakefield, Ontario in 1957. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Lakefield, and I certainly wasn’t there in 1957, but I have a small disintegrating volume of Canadian folksongs on the top of my piano. A lot of rambling and roving takes place in this song, and I kept finding myself singing it as I rode my bike through Toronto’s laneways. This song, which long ago drifted over from Ireland, guided me through the labyrinth of composing.

Drift — to float along, to deviate; something driven.
Drop — to fall, to collapse; a precipitous shift.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by New Music Concerts with funding from Ontario Arts Council