Pontis (Bridge)

PONTIS (Bridge) for marimba solo commissioned by Peter Martin is the composer’s first virtuosic work for the instrument. Set in three primary sections (AB A’B’ A”B”), the tempo alternates between slow and fast at the same time using a sparse-dense alteration in orchestration.The first section begins purely with pentatonic pitch materials followed by accidentals in order to dilute the unique color of a pentatonic scale eventually moving toward chromatic scale.Lyricism is one of my favorite musical style in marimba music so the character of subjectivity and sensuality of expression is described in the slow section.On the other hand, the fast driving rhythms in the section demonstrates of an intense and tension outpouring enthusiastic emotion.

“Personally I have performed her solo marimba composition, Pontis, in a variety of locations in the United States in the past year. These include the Las Vegas New Music Festival, percussion festivals sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Oklahoma, and several other universities in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Indiana. In all of these locations, Ms. Choi’s music has entranced and challenged the audience.” -Mark Ford (faculty, University of North Texas)

Instrumentation: Marimba Solo

Duration: 9 min

Premiere: Peter Martin, North Western University, Chicago, IL, USA on June 5, 2007

More performances

July 4, 2010 (arr. for Piano) Berlin Jeil Church, Viktoria-Alle, Berlin, Germany

July 2, 2010 (arr. for Piano) Ingresso Libero, Spazio Paraggi, Via Pescatori 23, Treviso, Italy

June 23, 2008 by Mark Ford, the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

April 4, 2008 by Mark Ford, Cameron University Theatre Cameron University School of Liberal Arts Lawton, OK, USA

March 26, 2008 by Mark Ford, Cogswell Hall, College of Fine Arts Department of Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, USA

March 24, 2008 by Mark Ford, Department of Music Messiah College, Grantham, PA, USA

Feb 22, 2008 by Mark Ford, A.J.Fletcher Recital Hall, East Carolina University School of Music, East Carolina, NC, USA

Oct 22, 2007 by Mark Ford, Spectrum Concert, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Sep 29, 2007 by Mark Ford, a New Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV, USA

Sep 25, 2007 by Mark Ford, Faculty Recital, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA