"Drones and Nanorhythms" was composed in December of 2000 for the Solaris
wind quintet in
residence at the University of Akron. All three movements use a
simple harmonic language whose main characteristic is a slow harmonic
often with either a pedal-tone or ostinato in the accompaniment,
and stepwise modulations, and thematic material which is largely built
the perfect 5th and is at times highly ornate. The opening movement,
and Nanorhythms" (in C) - from which the work gets its name - is in a
tempo but with a slow introduction which is composed in an
pseudo-improvisatory manner utilizing idioms heard in the music of the
Balkans. The middle movement, "Quintessence" (in Eb), features the
English Horn in place of the Oboe and is built around a simple
recurring theme set in a cumulative texture. The finale, "Joy-ride" (in
C), is a fast movement with a slower interior which brings back some of
the ethnic flavor of the opening movement.
I. Drones and Nanorhythms
Total duration of the work
is 12 minutes.
Quintet's second CD "American Quintets II" by Capsone
featuring Resanovic's "Drones and Nanorhythms" was
released during the last week of August - summer (2003).
Other Resanovic works for Wind Quintet/Quartet: