UNEVEN DANCE - 2022
For Concert Band
3 MIN 23 SEC
3 MIN 23 SEC
Uneven Dance is a repetitive pop tune that gets itself stuck in the head of a listener. It is the very definition of an earworm. When I started writing Uneven Dance, my intention was to write a piece utilizing the 7/8 time signature that was also playable by a second or third year ensemble.
With that in mind, there is a limited rhythmic vocabulary used in the piece, which is part of why it's so repetitive. Students should be able to hear, feel, and count the mixed meter. If performed correctly, the music will have an undeniable dance quality to it, not unlike the "quick-quick-quick-slow" meter of many Balkan dances.
Unlike those Balkan dances however, the "slow beat" is placed at the beginning of the bar, making the piece feel like it is energetically, always moving forwards. Beats two and three contrast the slow beat, making every measure feel like it speeds up.
When learning this piece, students should be encouraged to dance and feel the rhythm in their bodies and feet throughout the experience. If they can feel it, they will be able to play it. I would also encourage the band to perform many of the rhythms featured throughout the piece in unison on a common note/chord.