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Op. 39 - Lullabies/Nocturnes

for Vibraphone

(2018-19)

I. Lullaby I
II. Nocturne I
III. Lullaby II

IV. Nocturne II

V. Lullaby III

VI. Nocturne III

Program Notes: Lullabies/Nocturnes for Vibraphone, Op. 39 was composed between 2018 and 2019 for percussionist James Beauton. The cycle of six movements were written while anticipating the birth of my son, Dorian Avedis GIanopoulos. The purposes of lullabies vary - they are often used for the development of communication skills, indication of emotional intent, maintenance of infants' undivided attention, and regulation of behavior. However, perhaps one of the most important uses of lullabies is as a sleep aid for infants. Coupled with the nocturne, this cycle intends to serve the primordial awareness of youth.  There are recurring motives and musical gestures that occur through all six movements, but each pair of lullaby and nocturne more intensely explore a unique harmonic, intervallic or melodic landscape. Colorful boxes permeate the score that echoes elements of the sheet music cover to maintain the musician’s attention and create visual and aural connections for the performer and allows them to connect to the music in a visceral way.  Though intended for the twilight, it is hoped that these lullabies and nocturnes rouse dormant fervor and lull one into slumber.

Performance History:

-March 8th, 2019; Nos. 1, 2, 5 & 6; DMA Recital III; UC San Diego – Conrad Prebys Music Center; Experimental Theatre; San Diego, California – 5PM

-March 27th, 2019; Music at MiMoDa - Paper of Plastik Café; West Los Angeles, California – 8PM

-September 14th, 2019; Nos. 1, 3 & 5; Burbank Chamber Music Society; Cello & Percussion; Little White Chapel; Burbank, California – 7:30PM

-September 25th, 2019; Nos. 1, 3 & 5; Music at MiMoDa - Paper of Plastik Café; West Los Angeles, California – 8PM

-November 17th, 2019; Nos. 1, 3 & 5: An Afternoon of Cello + Percussion; First Baptist Church of Glendale; Glendale, California – 3:30PM

-May 11th, 2020; Nos. 1, 3 & 5; Silicon Beach Chamber Orchestra Monthly Series; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; Santa Monica, California - 4PM

-May 16th, 2020; No. 1; Quaranconcert No. 3 - intimement lié; San Diego, California – 3PM

George N. Gianopoulos

composer