When Do They Is Not The Same As Why Do They

Peter Hatch
Composer
Peter Hatch
Composition Date: 1988
Revision Date: 1988
Genre: Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Other percussion
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Programme Note:
Peter Hatch

When do they is not the same as why do they, 1988

Commissioned by: Beverley Johnston, with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council


“Johnston stole the show with only the last movement – four delirious minutes of giddy polyrhythms and dazzling mind-hand co-ordination.” Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail, 1993


When do they is not the same as why do they is a three movement work for solo (non-pitched) percussion which draws its inspiration from the writings of Gertrude Stein.[…]

“The title is the last line preceding the main section of Stein’s book entitled “A book concluding with As a wife has a cow”. […] The main part of this book is featured in a musical ‘transcription’ in the first movement, Stein’s syntactical structure creating the formal structure for the freely composed motives.

“’Melanctha’ […] is not programmatic beyond simply trying to capture the melancholic mood of the story. […]

“‘Eyes are always’ makes explicit the implicit polyrhythmic and polymetric textures found throughout the rest of the piece.”


Premiere Information:
Beverly Johnston, percussion

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 7110 H361wh
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 26, 1990
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([14] p.) ;
    14 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For percussion solo.
    Commissioned by Beverly Johston through the Ontario Arts Council.
    Photocopy; original in CMC Toronto.

    I. A movement concluding with As a wife has a cow -- II. Melanctha -- III. Eyes are always.
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