Portraits of a Bafut Elephant Dance I

Title: Portraits of a Bafut Elephant Dance I
Author: Tanka Emmanuel Fonta
13 Digit ISBN: 978-1-894821-56-8
ISBN: 1-894821-56-4
Instrumentation : Orchestra
Category: Concert
Genre: Traditional / Contemporary African
Duration: 4:09 minutes
Difficulty: Difficult/professional (Grades 7-8+)
Add Info: Score, Parts, CD, 30cm; Spiral bound
Areas of intererst: Musicology, Ethnomusicology, African Ballet, Performance. Thematic expositions on polyphony & polyrhythm in traditional African percussion music.


Scored for small orchestra and African percussion, A challenging original work in 2 movements, inspired and thematically structured in the idiomatic form & rhythmical theme of a Bafut elephant dance musical artform. A masterful & thematic composition, artfully extruding new forms, structures, idioms, themes, rhythms, melodies, harmonies, polyphony, polyrhythms and textural patterns inherent in the musical idiolects of different traditional African plucked and bowed string instruments, vocal chant music as well as the idioms of pitched percussion instruments such as the xylophone, thumb piano and marimba.

7 - 8+

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