Variations Vortex (Into the Swirling Storm)

by Marjorie M. Rusche, composer

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    Many thanks to USA Projects for sponsoring this music commissioning project and providing matching funds from Artists2Artists Fund, USA Open Matching Fund, and the Cheswatyr Music Commissioning Fund (American Composers Forum). Project development seed money and other matching funds were obtained from Indiana University South Bend's Center for a Sustainable Future and the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association's Elnora Hartman Stickley Foundation.
    My great and heartfelt thanks especially go to the "Variation Vortex VIPS" -- those very important people who helped me turn artistic vision into artistic accomplishment through their individual tax deductible contributions: Anonymous, Judy Bowles, Teji Ruth Dilley, Darlene Catello, Ellen Frankel, Frieda Gardner, Alfred Guillaume, Barb Harris, Rod Harris, Marianne Kielian-Gilbert, Mary Kohn, Nancy Menk, Mark Movic, Kathleen Rivard, Cynthia Robbins, Conn Rusche, Susan Rusche, Betty Salamun, Elizabeth Schleicher, Linda Schmidt, Donald Schwall, Ilene Sheffer, Patricia Steinhaus, Joyce Stifel, Lee Streby, John Stumme, Laurel Thomas, Alexander Toradze, Pamela Walker, Debbie Young. ... more

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Variations Vortex (Into the Swirling Storm)
violin & piano duo
dedicated to the inspiring imagery of nature and the sustainability of our natural and human environment


Variations Vortex (Into the Swirling Storm) explores variations of the elements of music -- intervals, motives, melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, dynamics, registral spacing, and articulation -- in Rondo form. The image is one of a hurricane, with the music portraying its formation and development, moving into the eerie calm center, the suspended stillness of the vortex of the hurricane, and then spiraling the music out into the swirling storm.


released 12 April 2014
Jacob Murphy, violin; Nicholas Roth, piano; Marjorie M. Rusche, composer



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MarjorieMRusche South Bend, Indiana

Marjorie M. Rusche is an internationally performed award winning classical composer who combines romantic, modern, vernacular and world music influences. Dr. Rusche composes music for opera, music theater, dance, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles & soloists. She teaches music composition, orchestration, music theory, and piano at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame. ... more

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