Little bow piece [revised]
for 8 percussionists using double bass bows on various objects

Composition Date: 1972
Genre: Percussion, + Keyboard, No Keyboard

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 8 x Percussion
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Programme Note:
The idea for "Little Bow Piece" goes back several years to the first time I saw a percussionist bow on a large gong. During that piece, the performers were also spread around the hall. A few years later, I was studying with Lejaren Hiller, who at the time was very much interested in highly structured music, often with mathematical parameters. A friend of mine, bassist James Kurzdorfer (the dedicatee of my "Concerto for Double Bass and String Orchestra"), also took up the structure obsession and wrote a piece for nine electric fans in which the "on and off" modes were formula based.
Finally, in 1972, I went back to thinking about bows again. I began to experiment trying to find other objects that could be made to resonate using a bow. To my surprise and delight not only metal objects, but glass, plastic, wood, cardboard and even paper all had potential. I took the Fibonacci series (2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ...) as the durational determinant. Over seventy objects are specifically called for in the score. Each player has a variety rather than all of the same type. Letters in the score and parts indicate the specific type of item (e.g. "gn" - gong, "p" - plastic, "dg" - drinking glass, etc.).
"Little Bow Piece" is in four sections played attacca. Sections I and III are set at quarter = 40 and sections II and IV are set at quarter = 60. The listener will not and should not be aware of these tempo shifts.
There are two possible stage set-ups. One has the performers scattered around the hall including the stage and the other has everyone on stage. A conductor is required in either instance.
While easy to read rhythmically, "Little Bow Piece" is hard to perform because of the need to collect all of the bows and objects. Of all my works, this was one of the most fascinating to hear live, particularly for the first time. The score looks so simple and "traditional", but the result is so sonically wonderful and rich. This work was premiered on January 23, 1982, during the retrospective concert of my works. (The Music Gallery. Toronto, Ontario. Scott Irvine, conductor.)

Recorded on Albany Records, TROY1122, 2009

Premiere Information:
23/01/1982 1982 retrospective concert The Music Gallery, Toronto, Ontario Pick-up ensemble. Conductor: Scott Irvine

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 7210 H824li 1972
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, + Keyboard, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 5, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([15] p.) ;
    15 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 16
    8 parts ([16] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 8 Percussionists using double bass bows on various objects
    Four sections:
    Quarter note = 40
    Quarter note = 60
    Quarter note = 40
    Quarter note = 60
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