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Duo sonata on Elizabethan songs, Op.4 : for percussion soloists in four movements

by Jonathan David Little (1985)

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Performance by Graham Bradley, Andrea McLaren from the CD Terpsichore, and other works

Terpsichore, and other works


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Terpsichore, and other works / Jonathan Little.

Library shelf no. CD 2229 [Available for loan]

Duo sonata, op. 4


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Duo sonata, op. 4 : for percussion soloists in four movements / Jonathan Little.

Library shelf no. 785.6812/LIT 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Duo Sonata is a unique, four-movement composition for two multiple-percussion soloists, which for its melodic material draws upon a series of Elizabethan songs (of John Dowland, Thomas Campion, William Corkine, Alfonso Ferrabosco and Robert Jones). Despite its melancholy overall mood, the second movement is bright and vigorous, while the third is a short, delicate interlude with bell-like sounds. Each movement has its own particular character, and any one movement could be performed separately. Performance demands embrace 4-mallet technique, rapid passage work and cross-rhythms. A large array of instruments is required, including: chimes, glockenspiels, vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, crotales, timpani, various drums, whip, assorted cymbals and tam-tams.

Work Details

Year: 1985

Instrumentation: 2 percussionists.

Duration: 23 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Intrada (4 min., 35 sec.) --  II: Toccata (Scherzo) (5 min., 46 sec.) --  III: Interlude (2 min., 37 sec.) --  IV: Fantasia (9 min., 09 sec.).

First performance: by Jonathan David Little, Stephan Falk — 1986. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne

Performances of this work

1986: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Jonathan David Little, Stephan Falk.

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