Movement II of Poem for American Acrimony is entitled Polijabber. The word Polijabber is mine — it’s a full-word abbreviation for “political jabbering.” The goal of the piece is to suggest that political acrimony starts with little bits of dialog jabs, evolves into a constancy of non-listening brashness, and ends with jarring rhythms and harsh tonality. The motifs such as they begin in the woodwinds, as the mallet percussion keeps the continuous pulse in 5/4. ⠀
As of the date of the “Poem” World Premiere in February 2020, Polijabber is the most complex piece, rhythmically and harmonically, that I have composed.⠀
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