Legacies was commissioned by the North Carolina Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society to honor renowned composer/percussionist/educator Lynn Glassock, who recently retired from his position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This commission has a particularly special meaning to me, as Lynn’s percussion octet “Layers” that was the first percussion ensemble work I ever played. The impact his music has had on the world of percussion is immense, not to mention the impact it has had on my own compositions.
As a starting point, I used very similar instrumentation to Lynn’s piece “Factions” for 10 percussionists. Driven primarily by keyboard percussion, each performer additionally plays a battery or accessory instrument. The opening unison rhythm from “Factions” is also quoted and fragmented throughout “Legacies.” All of the melodic and harmonic material was derived from chromatically spelling out the name LYNN GLASSOCK with pitches.