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Piece Title : 42nd Street Rondo
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Level : Sophomore
Composer / Arranger : Siegel, Wayne
Composer / Arranger Details:

Wayne Siegel was born in Los Angeles in 1953. Most important in the way of early musical influence was the American folk music tradition (Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, etc). Major influences during the 1960's include the Afro-American blues tradition and avant garde rock (The Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart). From 1971 to 1974 he studied composition and philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he concerned himself mainly with the European avant garde tradition.

After three years at UCSB he decided to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree whilst studying with Per Norgard in Aarhus, Denmark. He remained in Aarhus and in 1977 he received his Danish degree in composition from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. In 1978 he was awarded a three-year grant in composition from the Danish Art Council, working as a freelance composer in the years that followed.

After two years as administrative director of the West Jutland Symphony Orchestra and affiliated chamber ensemble, Esbjerg Ensemble, he was in 1986 appointed director of the newly founded national electronic music center, DIEM (The Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music) in Aarhus. In 1994 he chaired the 19th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Aarhus. From 1996 to 1998 he served as chairman of the two music committees of the Danish State Arts Foundation.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Multiple Percussion Duo
Instrumentation : Bongos (Set of) (x2) / Cow Bell (x4) / Large Size Tom (x2) / Medium Size Tom (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : N/A
Written for / Commissioned by : Danish Percussion Group & Danish Arts Foundation
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Permission granted by Wayne Siegel & Matthew Coley.
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Norsk Musikforlag A/S
Publishers Website :www.norsk-percussion.no
Publisher Details :

It was January 1, 1909 when Norsk Musikforlag A/S was established in Oslo. It was among the major independent music publishers in Europe. The Norsk catalog itself consists of approximately 16,000 printed editions, percussion music being one of the fastest growing segments in the catalog.
Of other catalogs highlighted is the percussion music of Musikk-Husets Forlag A/S, also in Oslo, with approximately 4,000 printed editions.

Norsk has been lucky to build up an important list of internationally well-known composers in the percussion field, such as Sabine Diemer, David Friedman, Anna Ignatowicz, Peter Klemke, Anders Koppel, Echard Kopetzki, Minoru Miki, Wolfgang Reifeneder, Peter Sadlo, Matthias Schmitt, Emmanuel Sejourne, Wayne Siegel, Rob Waring and more. The pieces published by Norsk are recognized as most performed by leading musicians and students around the world.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1984 /  1984
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :N/A
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

42nd Street Rondo is written for two percussionists playing two matched sets of instruments consisting of small cowbell, large cowbell, small bongo, large bongo, small tom-tom and large tom-tom. The title 42nd Street Rondo refers to the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan, where street musicians often perform. This location or other similar outdoor locations are well-suited for the performance of this piece.

42nd Rondo is in fact published online here:

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Posted By : marcwooldridge    Date Posted: 01 January 2008 07:24:00 AM
I love this piece which I have been performing/programming for about 20 years. At our last percussion ensemble concert, I had two students play it off stage while we did a complete setup change. The audience loved it and it saved us from having the audience sit around while we made the change. My personal preference is for using antique style cowbells (available on ebay) which are more resonant than the cowbells which are commerically available today. I also made individual parts for the two players listing each pattern, giving it a label (A, B, etc.) and showing how many times it is played. I find it is easier for the players to keep track of their parts this way than trying to read the music from the score. Dr. Marc Wooldridge Indiana Wesleyan University
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