DisTanz : for percussion quartet
by Brendan Colbert (2002)
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German: distanz = distance / tanz = dance.
dis = Latin prefix variously implying separation/negation/deprivation/thoroughness.
Although quite precisely constructed DisTanz will, in some regards at least, be somewhat loosely realised. It is scored for an assortment of so-called un-pitched percussion that is more allied to an industrial sound world than any other, being predominantly a mixture of metals and woods that will of necessity vary with what is available and/or can be begged, borrowed, or bought. Although these instruments are [mostly] called for in fours, there is quite deliberately no master plan to dictate that, e.g. Steel Bowl 1 is pitched between Bottles 1 & 2, and the result may differ widely from one performance to the next.
The ideal set-up calls for the performers to surround the audience. This is also flexible given conducting considerations and the physical limitations of any given venue, and will likewise influence any individual performance.
Instrumentation: Percussion quartet. Player 1: congas, temple blocks, trash cymbals, bamboo chimes ; Player 2: bongos, metal blocks, metal pipes, metal chimes ; Player 3: wood blocks, glass bottles, saw blades, glass chimes ; Player 4: wood pieces, steel bowls, bell plates, shell chimes.
Duration: 9 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Speak Percussion.
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