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Chalmin’s Gameland begins in an experimental mood, the pianist and guitars investigating the innards of their instrument. The piece then shifts into a highly chromatic and punchy dance in 12/8 that is slowly overwhelmed by two menacing minor seconds. There is a threatening theatricality to the encounter between the musical ideas that recalls the film music of Bernard Herrmann.

Chalmin’s Gameland begins in an experimental mood, the pianist and guitars investigating the innards of their instrument. The piece then shifts into a highly chromatic and punchy dance in 12/8 that is slowly overwhelmed by two menacing minor seconds. There is a threatening theatricality to the encounter between the musical ideas that recalls the film music of Bernard Herrmann.