Pintures, concerto for percussion with large chamber ensemble, is based on the “Working Notes” by painter Joan Miró (1893- 1993) and in particular on his Montroig and Barcelona notebooks from 1941-45. Extended percussion techniques – using various mallets, sticks, and brushes – are employed to evoke the physicality of Miró’s revolutionary painting methods. This chamber concerto is divided into four movements:
I. Quick drawing with a brush and dribbling gray oil paint
II. Linear motif in sienna or a more muted color
III. Green Ground
IV. Final drawing in charcoal
The work is dedicated to George Nickson and ensembleNEWSRQ with friendship and admiration.