About this work:
Robinson Gardens was named in response to the large estates with magnificent gardens found close to my home in Beverly Hills. It occurred to me that my own personal gardens are my music; thus the title. The first movement features slow keyboard music, very much like an alap. The second movement was inspired by Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. It combines energetic pizzicato strings with a penetrating clavichord. A movement purely for non-pitched percussion follows. The piece ends with music for acoustic guitar and a variety of ethnic percussion ostinatos.
- Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina
© 1999 Michael Robinson All rights reserved
Year composed: 1992
Ensemble type: Electronic Instruments and Sound Sources:Live Electronic Sound Sources
Instrumentation: ,1 Computer/Laptop soloist(s), ,1 Sampler (Keyboard/Other) soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: A computer and sound module are programmed to perform the fully notated composition in real time. Robinson Gardens is voiced with samples of the following acoustical timbres using equal temperment tuning: piano, clavichord, electric bass, acoustic guitar and percussion. Synthesized strings are also used.