Sticky Grimaces, Toothy Grins [9']

for mallet percussion and piano


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Joelle Wallach’s Sticky Grimaces, Toothy Grins was written in 1991 for the virtuoso New York Philharmonic percussionist Chris Lamb and his wife, pianist Virginia Lamb, as a celebratory piece on the occasion of the birth of their first child, Casey.   While the first and third movements joyously explore the virtuosity of both instruments and their playful collaborative possibilities, the middle movement suggests a child’s solitary perception of urban moonlight.