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In the dream : for percussion sextet

by Erik Griswold (2004)

Work Overview

In the dream uses traditional orchestral percussion (vibraphone, marimba, bass drums…) along with non-western instruments and found objects (gongs, rain stick, brake drums, metal springs) to produce a layering of sound colors from distinct cultural sources. The piece makes frequent use of fast "hockets" - rapid fire exchanges in which two players "bounce" interlocking rhythms off each other - in particular with the vibraphone and marimba. The combination of layered tone colours and interlocking rhythms at times creates a "shimmering" effect, where the individual sounds blur together.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Player 1: vibraphone, slapstick ; player 2: marimba, slapstick ; player 3: prepared chimes, wood block, 2 metal springs (or triangles), 2 brake drums ; player 4: 4 high tom toms, wood block, clave, 2 small bells, rainstick ; player 5: 4 low tom toms, 2 log drums, metal pipe, rainstick ; player 6: 2 bass drums, 2 or 8 gongs, metal pipe, rainstick.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble

First performance: by Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble — 2005. Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Griffith University, QLD


In the dream, Part 1, by Erik Griswold

Performances of this work

2005: Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Griffith University, QLD. Featuring Ba Da Boom Percussion Ensemble.

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