Piece percussionique no. 1

Michael S. Horwood
Michael S. Horwood
Date de composition : 1979
Date de révision : 1979
Durée: 00:07:00
Genre: Percussion, + Keyboard, + Keyboard


Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 6 x Percussion - autre
  • 1 x Piano
Cliquez ici pour télécharger l'œuvre intégrale (14.08 Mb - version non imprimable)

Notes de programme :
Piece Percussionique No. 1 is the first in a projected series of percussion ensemble works. It was created around 1964, at a time when I had recently discovered the interesting percussion writing in the music of Edgard Varèse. I liked the idea of a French sounding title, as per Varèse's Poème Électronique. Thus, my use of the term "percussionique" was a gesture of homage. However, the title merges the French-sounding “percussionique” with the English word “piece”. Thus, pronunciation should reflect the two languages. This work has undergone several revisions since its original inception. My original version was quite simplistic compared to the revision before the 1968 premiere and the 1979 revision, however those scores have been destroyed. Even here in this 2007 computer-engraved edition, I could not resist some touching up and the addition of the one bar echo by the piano in bar 121. The instrumentation has remained more or less the same over the years.

This work is in one movement with various tempo shifts. The central rhythmic figure or theme is first stated by the triangle and snare drum in bars three and four. It is very beat oriented and has no real syncopation. A subsidiary motive is stated by the piano in bar 9. It first appears here as a quarter-note quintuplet. Later it occurs stretched into five full beats. It also becomes the basis of the complex five beats in the time of four beats section (bars 92-107) where it overlays with variants of the principal theme. Here the conductor is required to beat five in one hand against four in the other. The piano, while not functioning as a soloist, should be centered for acoustical purposes. Contrasts between tempi and dynamics should be maintained throughout. Care must be taken regarding the damping and fading of the resonant instruments.

Piece Percussionique No. 1 was first performed by Ed Burnham and the State University of New York at Buffalo Percussion Ensemble in Baird Recital Hall on Dec. 12, 1968.


Player 1: triangle, anvil, maraca

Player 2: large and small suspended cymbals

Player 3: wood block, large and small tam tams

Player 4: glockenspiel, maracas

Player 5: 2 bongo drums (tuned B and F), snare drum

Player 6: 3 timpani

Player 7: piano

Renseignements sur la création :
Dec. 12, 1968, Baird Recital Hall, State University of New York at Buffalo: University of Buffalo Percussion Ensemble; Ed Burnham, cond.


  • Cote:
  • MI 7220 H824pi
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, + Keyboard, + Keyboard
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • February 19, 1988
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • 1 score (17 p.) ;
    17 pages
    Hauteur: 28 cm
    Nombre total de pages des parties: 18
    7 parts ([18] p.) ;
    Hauteur: 32 cm
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :
  • For 6 percussion and piano.
    Originally written in 1965.
    Ms. (photocopy); transparencies of score and parts are in CMC Toronto.
    Duration: ca. 7 min.

Demandez une consultation au sujet du répertoire
Suggérer une modification à cette entrée

Disponible Pour :

  • Prêt de la musicothèque
  • Service d’impression sur demande


Click here to listen to Piece percussionique no. 1 in Centrestreams.

Produits disponibles pour cette pièce :

TitreDétailsPrixAjouter ce produit
Piece Percussionique No. 1: Partition
(Format PDF téléchargeable)
Piece Percussionique No. 1: Partition Et Parties
Score and Parts
(Format PDF téléchargeable)
Piece percussionique no. 1 de Michael S. Horwood (Partition)
L'impression sur demande
Piece percussionique no. 1 de Michael S. Horwood (Partition et Parties)
L'impression sur demande
Piece percussionique no. 1
Demande de prêt
Des copies de cette pièce sont disponibles pour le prêt de: Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver, Sackville