Posted By : rhythmscape
Piece Title : The Cooper Construction
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Composer / Arranger : Hughes, Gordon
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Gordon Hughes is a leading Australian performer, composer, educator and business manager. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 1996 also attaining the distinction of being the first person in Australia to be awarded a Licentiate in percussion performance from Trinity College of Music, London.

Gordon currently is a very active educator and is in demand as a conductor, performer, clinician and adjudicator. As a composer, his works have been performed throughout Australia, the UK and the USA to critical acclaim with his success recently recognised with acceptance to the Australian Music Centre as an associate composer. Gordon has recently been elected to the Australia Council's Register of Peers.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Mixed Chamber Ensemble / Percussion Education
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Written for / Commissioned by : Rhythmscape Publishing
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 Revolutions Team (Rhythmscape)
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Publisher :Rhythmscape Publishing
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Publisher Details : Rhythmscape Publishing is a leading specialist percussion publisher.
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2004 / 
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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The Cooper Construction was commissioned to exploit the lyrical and sostenuto character of the vibraphone and piano. The piece is constructed from the notes C, D and E flat and draws its inspiration from the works (in particular, the Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano) of the English composer, Gerald Finzi (1901-1956). It is the remarkably simple and yet achingly tender melodies of this composer that first led to the themes of this work coming together. Whilst the vibraphone is the focus of the work  the two instruments merge, blend and change roles both texturally and thematically, with both instruments sharing the melody. The simple melody first heard in the opening of the work is contrasted with the middle section. Here the vibraphone launches into fanfare inspired motifs that cover the entire range of the instrument. A complete recording of this work can be found on the REVOLUTIONS CD, available from

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Posted By : rhythmscape    Date Posted: 27 February 2009 02:20:00 AM
Author: Australian Music Centre - review panel This work [The Cooper Constructions] has potential to become a significant work. This composer has a fine understanding of percussive sounds and tone colour.
Posted By : rhythmscape    Date Posted: 27 February 2009 02:20:00 AM
Author: Percussive notes magazine, Percussive Arts Society, USA (review by F. Michael Combs) Both the solo [vibraphone] and accompaniment play together throughout the piece, and although the vibraphone is the focus of the work, the two instruments change roles texturally and thematically with both instruments sharing the melodic material.
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