Part 1

Project 3 untuned percussion groups

Eastern forest – Full Score

This is a concatened set of groups of untuned percussion in the spirit of Project 3 of the Open College of the Arts Composition 1 course.

Also acts as a test for publication of a work from Sibelius 7.5 as a pdf and of a .wav file

The three-minute piece should be self-explanatory if it works well.  It was stimulated by a night walk many years back in the Malaysian jungle and the effect of storm and rain on the cicadas.  The last note playing back here as a piano note (no Sibelius sample) is intended to be a taped birdsong crescendo and diminuendo, fading away to nothing as the tamtam and gongs sustained ringing itself fades away to nothing.

WordPress doesn’t seem to accept .sib files so I would have to email those for assessment.

Exhibitions & Books, Notes, Part 1

Too much time in the kitchen (department)

“Rimsky-Korsakov said with truth that love of percussion is the besetting sin of the budding orchestrator … with regard to the percussion instruments of indefinite pitch, one should be extremely sparing in their use”  

from Orchestral Technique A manual for students, Gordon Jacob, 3rd edition 1982 OUP (reprinted 2004, paperback), p69

“It has been said with much wisdom that the effect of the cymbal clash is in inverse proportion to its frequency”… “… for sheer genius in economy one of the most famous triangle solos in the repertoire is Richard Strauss’s favourite: the single stroke in the entire second act of Siegfried, occurring near the very end”  

from Anatomy of the Orchestra, Norman Del Mar, Faber and Faber (2009)ISBN 978-0-571-25099-8 pp 390, 392


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