Percussion Works

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE WORKS

“Modern music is as dangerous
  as cocaine.”

    Pietro Mascagni

 

Eclectic Boogies 

Date: 1962

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

 Instrumentation: 13 Players- Triangle, Maraca, Temple Blocks,  3 Cowbells,

                         Bongos, 3 Suspened Cymbals, 3 Tom-toms,

                          Gong, Piano, Marimba, Xylophone,

                   Vibraphone, Chimes

Notes: Traditional Notation, partner piece to Meister Ekhard and the Point of No

            Return (2010).  Recorded on Cabinet of Curiosities, Innova 792.

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 Bombardments No. 2

Date: 1966

Publisher: C.F. Peters Corporation

Premiere: March 18, 1965-

Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, Paul Price, Director

                                Instrumentation: Player 1: high hat, 1 pair of bongos, 1 snare drum (without

                         snares), guiro, 3 suspended cymbals, 2 gongs (high

                                       and low), 3 timpani, 4 cowbells, marimba

                                        Player 2: triangle, car coil, maraca, 1 snare drum (with snares),

                                                         2 brake drums, 2 pairs of bongos, 3 temple blocks, 3

                                                         tom-toms, symphonic chimes

                                        Player 3: piano (top removed), celesta, radio, anvil, bass drum,

                                                         wind chimes (metal and tubular), 3 wood blocks,

                                                         small metal cricket (toy)

                                        Player 4: triangle, car coil (lower than player 2), 1 pair of

                                                         bongos, 2 tabla, 2 cowbells, 3 timpani, wooden wind

                                                         chimes, 2 brake drums, xylophone

                                        Player 5: finger cymbals, claves, 1 drum (low pitch), 3

                                                         suspended cymbals, 2 gongs (medium and low) 2 pair

                                                         bongos, 3 roto-toms, 4 temple blocks, vibraphone

            Notes: Recorded on Cabinet of Curiosities, Innova 792.

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Bank of America Chandelier 

Date: 1968

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: August 1968 at the MacDowell Colony, Buffalo Percussion Ensemble

Instrumentation:for four percussionists, a constructed ‘chandelier’ of small bells,

suspended glass and metal bells, etc.

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Borrby Boogie

Date: 1970

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music

Premiere: San Francisco 1970

Instrumentation: open ensemble of percussion

Notes: many performances throughout the USA through l989

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Obrigado 

Date: 1995

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: March 1996 at Kennedy Center, Washington DC, National Symphony

                             Orchestra percussion section, Leonard Slatkin, Director

Instrumentation:  Player 1- vibraphone, 3 wood blocks, 3 timbales

                                        Player 2- vibraphone, tam-tam, chimes

                                        Player 3- marimba (4.3 octave), 3 temple blocks

                                        Player 4- timpani (B, E, F#), bass drum

                                        Player 5- piano (optional)

Notes: Written at the request of the National Orchestra, Washington DC, for

                      the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center.  The piano is not

                      required, but in the words of Moran “so much more fun with it.”1

                      The premiere was performed without the piano part.   The premiere

                      with the piano part was given by the University of Iowa Percussion

                      Ensemble, Dan Moore, Director in 2008.  Recorded on Mantra Innova 714.

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Kboco

Date: 2006

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: 2006, University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble, Dan Moore, Director

Instrumentation: Player 1: 3 tom-toms, vibraphone, chimes

                                       Player 2: bongos, timpani (1 drum), 3 blocks (medium temple

                                                      blocks), tam-tam

                                       Player 3: marimba, bongos, 3 toms, glockenspiel

                                       Player 4: 3 wood blocks, bongos, xylophone, bass drum

                                       Player 5: marimba, 2 suspended cymbals

                                       Player 6: vibraphone, 3 tom-toms, snare drum

                                       Player 7: piano/prepared piano, celeste

Notes: Some instruments may be replaced.  For example: timbales for bongos in

                       Player 4, Chinese bangu for snare drum in Player 6, Chinese toms for tom-

                       toms in Player 3.  Recorded on Mantra Innova 714.

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Stirling: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs 

Date: 2007

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: April 12, 2008, University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble, Dan Moore

                            Director

Instrumentation: Group A: 4 marimbas (4.3 octave), glockenspiel, thunder sheets

                                                       (1 or more), didgeridoo, 1 prayer bowl, 1 wine glass

                                        Group B: 2 vibraphones, celeste, triangle, timpani (could

                                                        possibly be done with one drum range= B-G), bongos,

                                                       wind chimes, 1 wine glass

                                        Group C: 2 vibraphones, 3 timpani (32, 29, 23), 3 suspended

                                                         cymbals, tambourine, ocean drum, 1 prayer bowl,

                                                         bongos

                                        Group D: prepared piano, toy piano bass drum, chimes, timpani

                                                        (1 drum- 23), wind chimes, 1 prayer bowl, bongos

                                        Group E: 2 marimbas, 3 tam-tams, tambourine, thai gongs (G#,

                                                        C#, A), xylophone, seed pods, 3 wine glasses

Notes: Combination of five different percussion ensembles, performing at the

                        same time or overlapping one another.  Conductor required.  Recorded on

        Innova 714.

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By Any Other Name

Date: 2008

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ., available from Cricket City Music and Media

                 (www.dan-moore.com)

Instrumentation: 4 marimbas (one 5-octave marimba, three 4.3- octave marimbas)

Notes: Could be performed with a 4.5-octave instrument instead of a 5-octave

                        marimba, only some low octave doubling would be lost.

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Meister Ekhard and the Point of No Return 

Date: 2008

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: December 4, 2010, University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble, Dan

                            Moore, Director

Instrumentation: 13 Players- triangle, maraca, temple blocks,  3 cowbells,

                                               bongos, 3 suspended cymbals, 3 tom-toms,

                                               gong, piano, marimba, xylophone,

                                               vibraphone, chimes

Notes: Proportional Notation, decelerated partner piece to Eclectic Boogies.

                       Recorded on Cabinet of Curiosities, Innova 792.

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Cabinet of Curiosities

Date: 2010

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ., available from Cricket City Music and Media (www.dan-moore.com)

Premiere: December 4, 2010

Instrumentation: Found objects, mallet instruments, left up to performer(s)

Notes: A collection of six graphic scores.  Instrumentation, number of performers,

                       and length are all open to interpretation.  Recorded on Cabinet of 

                      Curiosities, Innova 792.

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Bats in the Belfry

Date: 2010

Publisher: Charotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: December 4, 2010, University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble, Vocalists:              Stephen Swanson, Kathy Eberle, Lisa Hearne, Adam Webb

Instrumentation: marimba, 3 timbales, xylophone, 3 congas, bass drum, piano,

                                       vibraphone, chimes, bass marimba, timpani, bongos (3), 6

                                       timbales (2 players, 3 each), toy piano, glockenspiel, 3 temple

                                       blocks, 3 wood blocks, tam-tam, 3 tom-toms, slide whistle, 2

                                       suspended cymbals, sleigh bells, 2 ice bells, almglocken (E and

                                       F), wind chimes, anvil, 4 voices

Notes: An opera with percussion ensemble pit orchestra

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Variable Instrumentation- effective for percussion ensembles

Interiors

Date: 1964

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

            Instrumentation: variable ensemble

Notes: Graphic score.  Recorded on Cabinet of Curiosities, Innova 792.

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Elegant Journey with Stopping Points of Interest

Date: 1965

Publisher: Schott and Sons (Mainz)

Premiere: Spring 1970

Instrumentation: variable chamber ensemble

Notes:  Graphic score. Written as a birthday gift to Darius Milhaud. Recorded on

          Cabinet of Curiosities,     Innova 792

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Divertissement Number One 

Date: 1967

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: San Francisco, 1967

Instrumentation: Electric Frying Pan, popcorn and any variable ensemble

Notes:  the work has been presented throughout the USA

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Waltz in Memoriam Maurice Ravel

Date: 1976

Publisher: Peters Edition

Premiere:

Instrumentation: Originally for solo piano, works well for marimba and

           vibraphone duo

Notes: Originally Recorded on Nonesuch Records, 1981.

The Waltz  Project

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Salagrama

Date: 1979

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Premiere: Graz Styrian Festival, 1979

Instrumentation: organ and  variable percussion instruments (tams, chimes, etc)

Notes: Written for the new organ in the Grazer Dom.  Recorded on Cabinet of 

                       Curiosities, Innova 792.

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Rocky Road to Kansas

Date: 1994

Publisher: Charlotte Benson Music Publ.

Instrumentation: Percussion, keyboards, guitar

Notes: Commissioned and recorded by ARGO (London Records) originally for

                           an ensemble of multi-tracked percussion instruments and has been choreographed in Toronto, Philadelphia (Philadelphia Ballet), etc.

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