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Wrought Iron by Andrea L. Reinkemeyer is scored for flute, vibraphone, bongos, tambourine, triangle, china cymbal, and splash cymbal.

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Wrought Iron (2012) for Flute and Percussion was commissioned by the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra as part of the Capital Region Heritage Commissions project. It was premiered by Albert Brouwer, flute; and Robert Schulz, percussion in the iconic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, New York).

This piece is a musical celebration of the beautiful metal work that crowns the hall. The shapes found within the iron work--circles, triangles, and rectangles--dictated the shape of the percussion instruments used--cymbals, tambourines, bongos, triangle, and vibraphone. The music reflects the light, airy and beautifully ornate quality of the metal castings.

While composing this piece, I was also drawn to another fascinating aspect of this building: architect George B. Post used metal to look like stone. In his attempt to make a European-looking building (on an American budget), he fashioned a metallic exoskeleton that house a truly unique acoustic space. In this vein, I have worked elements from pieces by two of the composers whose names grace the ceiling of the hall: Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederick Chopin; in this way, I am honoring the work of artists who came before me, but with a twenty-first century American twist. Like the cast aluminum used in the 1990s renovation to replace the original iron, and the woodwind made of metal, things are not always what they seem.

Many thanks to the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Melanie Sorenson and Brian Amer for their artistic support.

- Andrea Reinkemeyer

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from Variety Show, released October 7, 2016
A/B Duo:
Meerenai Shim, flutes
Christopher G. Jones, percussion

Composed by Andrea L. Reinkemeyer
Produced by A/B Duo
Engineered by Alberto Hernandez
Recorded at Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, California)

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A/B Duo Campbell, California

The bi-coastal A/B Duo, comprised of percussionist Christopher G. Jones (Rochester, NY) and flutist Meerenai Shim (Campbell, CA), has been touring all over the United States and commissioning new works since 2012.

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