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A Robe of Orange Flame
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A Robe of Orange Flame was commissioned by Gregrey Secor to be performed on the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Focus Day in 2005, the theme of which was entitled “Music for a Crowded Planet: Percussion Pieces for a Single Instrument with or without Voice.” I already had a concept for the spoken material that I was saving for just such an opportunity. I have never forgotten my experience, as a five year-old boy, of first learning about the event in which Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc ended his life by immolation in order to bring attention to the brutal treatment of the Buddhist Monks by the Vietnamese government in the early 1960’s. A friend showed me a picture of a man on fire and my life was forever altered. Finding an instrument to accompany this difficult subject matter took a bit of time to discover. I finally chose to use a resonant sheet of metal (thundersheet) for two reasons. The first reason was that I was sure no one else would present a piece using this percussion instrument on the Focus Day and secondly that a resonant sheet of metal is a very versatile sound source. I wanted the words to be the focus of the work so I intentionally tried to keep the music simple and clear so as not to obscure the text. -CD
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