DUO CHOPINESQUE

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Piece Title : Duo Chopinesque
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Hennagin, Michael (1936-1993)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Composer of twentieth-century classical music Michael Hennagin was born in The Dalles, Oregon, on September 17, 1936. He studied at Los Angeles City College, at Philadelphia`s Curtis Institute of Music, graduating with a bachelor`s degree in 1963, and with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood. Hennagin also studied electronic music at Southern Illinois University in 1968. His teaching career began in public schools in the mid-1960s and continued at Kansas State Teachers College from 1966 to 1972.

He served as the University of Oklahoma`s composer-in-residence and professor of music theory and composition from 1972 to 1991. His work included music for chorus, piano, chamber orchestra, and band.  He composed in a variety of modern, rather than traditional, styles which places him in the company of other Oklahoma twentieth-century composers of "new music," including Ray Luke  of Oklahoma City University and Samuel Magrill of the University of Central Oklahoma. Like them, he was rewarded by having his music performed publicly in Oklahoma and also in national venues.

Hennagin`s compositions include the ballet The Barren Song (1968), the symphonic essay A Summer Overture (1963), the chamber piece Four Etudes for Clarinet Choir (1978), Dance Scene (1977), and Jubilee (1967), which remains a staple for college bands. Proud Music, a choral-orchestral work derived from a Walt Whitman poem, was composed in 1993 and performed that summer by the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.

Ten times from 1976 through 1992 the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers accorded Hennagin its Annual Award recognizing the quality and performance record of original works by American composers. He was named Oklahoma Musician of the Year in 1975 and National Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association in 1976. He also wrote scores for motion picture, television, and stage productions.

 

Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Large Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) (x3) / Bells / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum (x2) / Chimes / Claves / Cow Bell / Crotales (Set of) / Glass Wind Chimes / Piccolo Snare Drum / ratchet / Small Gong / Snare Drum / Tam-Tam / Tambourine / Tom (x7) / Windchimes / Wood Block (x2) / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : OU Percussion Ensemble
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Publisher :OU Percussion Press
Publishers Website :www.oupercussionpress.com
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In 1977 the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensemble embarked on a project that developed into a national model for the encouragement and development of new music for percussion ensemble.  The OU Percussion Ensemble Commissioning Series regularly engages outstanding composers to write works for this medium.  The Commissioning Series is responsible for the creation of some of today`s staples in the percussion ensemble repertoire.

     In 1983 the University of Oklahoma funded the establishment of the OU Percussion Press, a non-profit extension of the percussion area. Through the Percussion Press, the commissioning series compositions plus other works expressly written for the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensembles have been made available for purchase and performance by the world`s leading percussion ensembles. The Percussion Press` catalog numbers more than 50 works, all published in a non-profit venture as a service to the profession.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1985 /  1986
Duration :11Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :NA
Sheet Music Available From :www.oupercussionpress.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Chopin`s Prelude in E Minor provides the material upon which Hennagin composed a masterful work for a percussion ensemble of ten players.  A complete battery of percussion instruments are used to create a powerful composition utilizing essentially traditional performance techniques.

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