Approximate Duration: 8’30”
For Viola & Percussion (5 – Octave Marimba, Crotales, Frame-Drum, Tam-Tam)
Chase Jordan’s Whitéd Sepulchre is an expressionist work that is inspired by the white light being shined upon a church at night. The title of the work describes the light on a church, which historically is where people are buried, in a sepulchre. The movement’s sonorous palette and thematic material is in ternary form. The work opens with an introduction for pizzicato viola and marimba and the first segment is written for primarily viola, marimba, and frame drum, with eerie harmonies that morph in and out of each other. The first segment ends with the striking of the tam-tam, which signifies the transition between each section. The second segment is written primarily for viola, crotales, and bowed tam-tam, and heavily relies on hexatonic scales to embellish the harmony. After the tam-tam signals a transition, the initial segment returns, but with the statements made in reverse order, ending with the introductory material played by viola and tam-tam filling the concert hall with the full volume of the sighs of the sepulchre’s dead.
Premiered on April 30th, 2017 by Chase Jordan, viola, and Joseph Wojciechowski, percussion.