Music by John Psthas
Performance Set (score + part)
First made famous by Evelyn Glennie, Matre’s Dance (1991/94) is now a standard in the repertoire for piano and percussion. The title refers to a dance performed by a group of fanatics in one of Frank Herbert’s Dune books. The dance was non-repeating and exhausting for the dancer, who often collapsed or died before completing the extremely long, complex routine. Matre’s Dance is highly energetic and maintains relentless rhythmic tension courtesy of unpredictable accents and syncopation.