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This piece by Gerald Levinson was commissioned by pianist Marcantonio Barone. Ragamalika means “garland of ragas” and describes a practice in North Indian classical music where the soloist departs from one principal raga (melodic mode) and whirls through a series of others. The influence of Balinese gamelan can be hard in the bell-like resonances and flowing textures of the first and fourth pieces, “Prelude” and “Postlude”. The third, “En blanc et noir (pour les sonorities opposes),” is a study in opposed sonorities in homage to Debussy.
Ragamalika—Four Pieces for Piano, by Gerald Levinson, Theodore Presser Company, www.presser.com.