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Dear Elizabeth


Dear Elizabeth
Tandem Duo's third album, a poignant and personal expression of friendship and loss. The pieces, with the exception of one work by Kohei Kondo, are original Tandem Duo compositions interweaving themes and rhythmic structures with improvisation.

Track 1: Dear Elizabeth Movement 1- Water
Track 2: Dear Elizabeth Movement 2 - From Brazil
Track 3: Dear Elizabeth Movement 3 - Dearest
Track 4: Calligraphy
Track 5: Chocolate
Track 6: Three Sketches Movement 1: Galway
Track 7: Three Sketches Movement 2: Lisdoonvarna
Track 8: Three Sketches Movement 3: Limerick
Track 9: Paperweight
Track 10: Hydroglyphs
Track 11: Pyroglyphs

The first piece in three movements, "Dear Elizabeth," is a suite taken from Tandem Duo's original score for the play of the same name by Sarah Ruhl. The piece describes the long, sad, and lovely friendship and correspondence between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Powell.

The second piece, "Calligraphy & Chocolate" is based around additive structures in the key of G Major. The first movement is bouncing and happy, and the second movement is smooth and lush, making ample use of the marimba's low register.

The third piece, "Three Sketches of the West Coast of Ireland," by composer Kohei Kondo was originally written for irish harp and describes a trip that he and his wife took many years ago.

The fourth piece, "Paperweight," is slow and melancholy, and describes the heavy sadness of missing someone for a very long time.

The fifth piece, "Hydroglyphs," is based on a theme that Marilyn wrote on an mbira. It loops and swirls with a hypnotic rolling theme. Hydroglyphs has a songlike, lullaby feel.

The sixth and final piece, "Pyroglyphs," is based on a groovy driving theme by Sarah and consists of four alternating solo sections in different styles, each progressively more fiery.