Scenes of a Youthful Dusk
for solo prepared vibraphone and glockenspiel
Work completed: April 2017
Scenes of a Youthful Dusk could be considered a collage of sorts. Three distinct snapshots in time are illustrated through the colors of the vibraphone, its unique methods of preparation, and eventually, the glockenspiel. These brief pieces are tied to the novel memories created during the close of day when we are young.
Curious Creatures is a depiction of the images seen while peering face-first into a field of tall grass. Ladybugs, crickets, caterpillars, and other critters hop into view just as quickly as they leave. Though they exist in a very small world compared to our own, their everyday interactions are characterized by ecstatic activity and quiet energy.
The Boogeyman’s Bustle launches forward like a mad dash. The spirited energy of a child sprinting through thick summer evening air is nearly palpable. The music stumbles, halts, catches its breath, and bolts off again as an uncontrollable excitement overwhelms the runner - or might it be fear?
The Moonlit Mobile finally sees a child at rest, tucked away in bed. There is nothing to do but gaze at the twirling planets and stars of the mobile swinging from the ceiling. Drifting in and out of a fantastic dream state, he can only imagine what big world awaits him.
Mitchell Beck, vibraphone/glockenspiel
Recorded April 9, 2017 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Recital Hall