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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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Work Overview

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 mind.

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.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Prepared piano, percussion quartet.

Duration: 24 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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

First performance: by Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble, Erik Griswold — 5 Oct 07. Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane

This commission has been made possible through the generosity of Bruce & Jocelyn Wolfe


Concerto for Prepared Piano and Percussion (mvt 4) by Erik Griswold

Performances of this work

5 Apr 2017: at 8 Hits Plus (Richard Gill Auditorium, WAAPA). Featuring Erik Griswold, WAAPA musicians.

24 Aug 2016: at Clocked Out with Lisa Moore (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Lisa Moore, Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble.

5 Oct 07: Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane. Featuring Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble, Erik Griswold.

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