Champaca is a plant from which an essential oil is extracted that is “used as an anti-depressant and said to soothe and relax the body and strengthen the mind.”
This delightful new work from Elizabeth Peters will certainly lift the spirits and leave the mind and body feeling joyful. It dances from beginning to end featuring time signatures of 6/8 and 2/4 with melodies and countermelodies intermingling with pulsing 2/4 marted measures. The lilting, triplet-feel eighth-notes in the upper treble in many of the 6/8 measures adds to the joy of this work. LV patterns are featured as accompaniment to melodies and dynamics range from p to f with crescendo added for more excitement.
The rhythmic patterns may initially appear to be challenging but are repeated so it is fully accessible for the Level 3 group. It will also be a bit of a challenge for Level 4 and 5 groups to play flawlessly at tempo.