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American Music for Percussion, Vol. 1 (New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Epstein)


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American Music for Percussion, Vol. 1 (New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Epstein)

Scored for as few as three marimbas (Splendid Wood) or as many as a hundred percussion instruments plus celesta, harp and piano (Grand Concerto), these five striking works by contemporary American composers abound in fascinating rhythms, ingenious combinations and juxtapositions of unusual instruments. Joan Tower’s DNA is built around pairs of instruments which, like the base pairs of DNA, contrive to make a whole work. Pulling Radishes was inspired by the measure and meaning of a 19thcentury Japanese one-sentence poem. El día de los muertos is a playful and nostalgic programmatic work based on the Mexican folk holiday The Day of the Dead, when the souls of the dead return to cavort with their living relatives in a joyous fiesta.

Tower, Joan

1.   DNA 00:09:56

Sandler, Felicia

  Pulling Radishes
2.   Pulling Radishes 00:07:22

Higdon, Jennifer

  Splendid Wood
3.   Splendid Wood 00:11:33

Rodriguez, Robert Xavier

  El dia de los Muertos
4.   El dia de los Muertos 00:12:53

Schüller, Günther

  Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards
5.   I. Slow accelerating to fast 00:04:09
6.   II. Slow 00:05:51
7.   III. Fast, a Scherzo 00:06:40
8.   IV. Introduction (cadenza - like) - Allegro (Perpetuum Mobile) 00:08:48

Total Playing Time: 01:07:12

Higdon, Jennifer; Rodriguez, Robert Xavier; Sandler, Felicia; Schüller, Günther; Tower, Joan

Epstein, Frank; Schüller, Günther

New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Concertos

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559683

Barcode: 636943968321

Physical Release: 04/2011

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