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“Erewhon” by Hugues Dufourt


“Erewhon” by Hugue Dufourt

Performed by line upon line

Mallet Selection for this Piece:


Orchestral Series (M139)

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Hard Lexan® with an added brass weight creates a full, pure and clear tone on bells and xylophone.


Robert van Sice Signature (M113)

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Medium soft. A general mallet that covers the lower four octaves of the marimba.


Orchestral Series (M144)

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Round brass head creates a bright sound on bells.


With Erewhon, Hugues Dufourt (b. Lyon, 1943) embarked upon a potent new form of expression, veering in an untried stylistic and conceptual direction, dramatically changing the treatment of musical parameters – i.e. temporality, space, form, energy and density.

Erewhon’s (1972-76) four movements encompass sound-noise concepts and examine acoustic volumes along with their scope for permutation. With a fresh approach to composition that is resolutely avant-garde, the composer besets formalism with jolts and fractures and creates explosive patches of contrast along with areas of intuitive or formal turbulence.

Instinctive, genetic or refractory reactions, zones of emergence, resurgence and persistence containing twisted, stretched and compressed outlines and layers produce a conflicting temporality. Dufourt’s craftsmanship combines traditionally Western assets (a player’s routine gestures and traditional playing styles) with a determined drive for musical emancipation.


Formed in 2009, line upon line percussion is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary music. To date, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered a dozen new works for percussion. In 2011, the Austin-based trio released a disc of commissioned, homegrown music and premiered their award-winning project, seeing times are not hidden, a site-specific work for custom chimes. April 2013 brought the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt’s massive, evening-length masterpiece, Erewhon. The group self-presented a three-concert series in Austin for the first time during the 2013-14 season.

In 2013 and 2014, the trio was named “Best Ensemble” by the Austin Critics’ Table and is currently part of the TCA Texas Touring Roster. The Austinist called line upon line “the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South” and the Austin American-Statesman considers the group “a riveting, always-surprising and delightful trio.”

line upon line maintains educational and outreach roles with the Austin Chamber Music Center and has performed and taught at numerous academic institutions around the United States and in England, Switzerland and Germany. November 2012 marked their first appearance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. The group has previously performed at the Fusebox Festival, SXSW, Fast Forward Austin, the Victoria Bach Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.

line upon line percussion uses Mapex drums, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Grover Pro Percussion accessories.

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