Harmattan Overture for Symphony Orchestra
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Harmattan Overture is written for full symphony orchestra and a Nigerian traditional instrument, agogo (twin bell). The work was inspired by the main cold season experienced in Nigeria between the... More > months of December and January respectively. The idea was to use musical language to capture the various innuendos that characterize this type of weather. Although, the work tonicizes various keys, the tonality is best described as pandiatonicism--the technique of using the diatonic scale without the limitations of functional tonality. Harmattan Overture is an original work.< Less
Three Wedding Songs for Soprano and Piano
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The Three Wedding Songs for soprano and piano was composed on July 19, 2002, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana State. The texts of the three songs are actually three verses of a popular Yoruba wedding song... More > in Nigeria. The texts are borrowed, but the melodies and piano accompaniments are original. The texts have been modified in this work to align with solo performance. The vocal parts are essentially in pentatonic scale, while the piano accompaniments are in pentatonic and diatonic modes. Songs No. 1 and No. 3 are through-composed, while song No. 2 is in three distinct sections like an aria. The vocal melodies are very simple, however, the accompaniments supply interesting shades of colors and varied rhythmic patterns to sustain the motion. The melodic contours of the songs mirror the tonal inflections of the texts since Yoruba language is a tonal language. The rhythmic accentuation and tonal inflections of the words are unavoidable in the creative process.< Less
Ise Oluwa for String Quartet
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Ise Oluwa for string quartet is a monothematic piece based on a Nigerian popular Christian song called “Ise Oluwa ko le baje” (The work of the Lord is indestructible). The theme bounces... More > between each of the violins. A single violin holds the entire four phrases of the song at each appearance, while the other instruments accompany. It is a tonal work tonicizing the keys of A, E, and G majors.< Less
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