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Sheet Music: Score

DisTanz : for percussion quartet / Brendan Colbert.

by Brendan Colbert (2002)

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  • 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.
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    Performance by Speak Percussion, Eugene Ughetti from the CD Live recordings for AMC archive


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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.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (34p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 mins

Commissioned by Speak Percussion.

First performance by Speak Percussion, Eugene Ughetti — 23 Feb 03. Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne.

Includes programme and performance notes.

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ISMN: M-67300-057-5

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