Piece percussionique no. 4
for percussion quartet (revised 2007)

Composition Date: 1967
Revision Date: 2007
Genre: Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 4 x Percussion
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Programme Note:
Piece Percussionique No. 4 is the fourth in a projected series of percussion ensemble works. It was originally written in 1967 as a competition entry sponsored by the New Percussion Quartet (founded by percussionist, Jan Williams) at State University of New York at Buffalo. The piece did not win the competition, but received an honorable mention. It remained unperformed and unedited until its revision in 1981. This composition is in four sections (ABAB) consisting of alternating slow and fast sections preceded by a slower 4 bar introduction and a faster coda. Coincidentally, the number "4" figures prominently in various other aspects of the work: 4 players, groupings of 4 similar instruments and the 4-sixteenths motive of the fast sections.


The major revision of 1981 doubled the length of the original by adding a second A and B section. These newer sections are variants of the former and often consist of previous rhythmic material transposed to another player's part. Although still quite complex and difficult, this version has somewhat simplified the original.


A modest revision was made in 2007 as the work was computer-engraved and in preparation for the Toronto Percussion Ensemble recording. Some old notational inconsistencies were cleaned up in the process. Greater attention was given to dynamic markings and the ever-problematic stick and mallet changes. The fast sections and the coda had a few new “insert” measures.


Piece Percussionique No. 4 was first by performed by The Toronto Percussion Ensemble on March 28, 1982, during the Second Annual Percussion Convention of the Percussive Arts Society, Ontario Chapter. The location was the Lecture Theatre at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, Etobicoke, Ontario.

Premiere Information:
Mar. 28, 1982 [premiere of revised version] Second Annual Percussion Convention. Percussive Arts Society, Ontario Chapter. The Toronto Percussion Ensemble. Humber College. Etobicoke, Ontario.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 7110 H824p4
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 9, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (iv, 11 p.) ; 28 cm.
    15 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 24
    4 parts ([24] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 4 Percussion:

    1. Temple Blocks, Large and Small Suspended Cymbals, Chinese Cymbal, Tam Tam

    2. 4 Tom Toms, Tambourine, Tambourine (jingles only), suspended string of several small bells, Sistrum (or a suspended ring of metal washers)

    3. 4 Wood Blocks, 4 Water Buffalo Bells (or Almglocken)

    4. 4 Flower Pots (clay), Snare Drum (with snares), Snare Drum (no snares), Tenor Drum, Bass Drum

    composed 1967; revised: 1981, 2007
    Played without pause:
    1. Slowly-in 4
    2. Very Fast
    3. slowly
    4. Very Fast
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