Concerto for prepared piano and percussion : percussion quartet with piano
by Erik Griswold (2007)
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Performance by Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble, Erik Griswold from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 55
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Concerto for prepared piano and
percussion is a summation of ideas and sounds developed over
a period of eight years - my entire life in Australia, up to that
point. And while the music of American composers like John Cage
and Terry Riley is an important influence, it's the work of a
plethora of Australian experimenters that has inspired me to take
these ideas further. Pianists Stephen Whittington, Ross Bolleter,
Anthony Pateras, and Chris Abrahams, or percussionists Vanessa
Tomlinson, Sean Baxter, and Robbie Avenaim come to
While composing the piece I found rhythms from my everyday life spilling into the music, so that while listening to the piece I hear the breathing rhythm jogging by the river, or the syncopation of the car door falling shut. Other sounds that have surfaced in the piece include hypnotic, trance-like waves, the mechanical tinkling of miniature music boxes, and a somewhat skewed Batucada (Brazilian Samba) band.
The Concerto's six movements function in three pairs, each exploring a different instrumentation and approach. Parts 1 & 4 use flexible tempos - rubato, accelerating and decelerating tempos - and emphasize instrumental colour. Parts 2 & 5 focus on driving drum ostinatos and blisteringly fast, interlocking patterns in the piano, glockenspiel, and xylophone. Parts 3 & 6 present a more intimate sound experience, delving into the miniature world of toy instruments.
Instrumentation: Prepared piano, percussion quartet.
Duration: 24 min.
Contents note: In 6 movts
Commission note: Commissioned for Queensland Conservatorium of Music.. Commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary
This commission has been made possible through the generosity of Bruce & Jocelyn Wolfe
Concerto for Prepared Piano and Percussion (mvt 4) by Erik Griswold
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