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Three or More Percussion With Piano
THE BIG BANG (1992) for
six percussion and piano by Howard
J. Buss. This significant work in 2 movements is a musical representation
of the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe which
contends that our ever-expanding universe began as a colossal explosion
at a single point in space. During the first movement, The Creation,
all musical development grows out of an initial blast of sound. Waves
of sound mass gradually crystallize into definite pitches leading to the
formation of the natural harmonic series. 12-tone fragments intertwine
and gradually coalesce into perceptible melodies. This musical development
is analogous to the formation of compounds, amino acids, etc. Midway through
The Creation the spark of life" is introduced
in an abrupt shift of musical activity which undergoes continuous development
to the end of the movement. The animated second movement, Dance
of Life, is a joyous celebration of life. Percussion
distribution: Perc. 1: 2
suspended cymbals, 3 brake drums, 2 cowbells, temple blocks, tam-tam
& sand blocks; Perc. 2: Orchestra bells, 5 roto toms &
triangle; Perc.3: Flexitone, timpani (4), wind chimes, bongos
& a thunder sheet (or a large tam-tam); Perc. 4: Xylophone,
suspended cymbal, bass drum & chimes (tubular bells); Perc.
5: Marimba, 2 anvils metal pipes may be substituted), tambourine,
finger cymbals & triangle; Perc. 6: Vibraphone, chimes
(tubular bells) which are shared with player 4, snare drum, 2 suspended
cymbals & tam-tam.The piano is treated as an integral part of
the percussion battery. This engaging work is appropriate
for a college-level percussion ensemble. (18) Grade V.
THUNDER ROLL for three percussion & piano by Zack Browning in two movements: Night Visions is a slow and ethereal with much dramatic contrast. Day Attack is fast-paced in which rhythmic displacement and mixed meters create a compelling style reminiscent of the music of Bartok. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Vibraphone, snare drum & suspended cymbal; Perc. 2: Triangle, tam-tam, bass drum, glockenspiel, xylophone & roto toms; Perc. 3: Timpani (4). This is a well-written piece with audience appeal. - Percussive Notes Magazine (10) Grade V.
YouTube performances: "Night Visions","Day Attack"
Sound Samples: Excerpt, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2.mp3
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