KU-KA-ILIMOKU

Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Ku-Ka-Ilimoku
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Rouse, Christopher
Composer / Arranger Details: Unknown
Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : N/A
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 drum
Written for / Commissioned by : the Syracuse Symphony Percussion Ensemble
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Publisher :Studio 4 Productions
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :1978 / 
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :N/A
Special Needs :N/A
Sheet Music Available From :schott-music.com/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Program Note by the Composer

Ku-Ka-Ilimoku was completed in 1978 on commission from the Syracuse Symphony Percussion Ensemble. The composer has written:

"In Hawaiian mythology, Ku is perhaps the most fundamental and important of gods, occ

upying a place similar to that of Zeus in Greek mythology or Odin in Norse legend. Ku is manifested in several forms: as Ku-Ka-Ilimoku he represents the god of war. Thus this work for percussion ensemble is best viewed as a savage, propulsive war dance."
Hawaiian chants are often based on as few as two pitches, and Hawaiian percussion emphasizes short, repetitive patterns. Underlying this surface simplicity is a wealth of subtle rhythmic inflection and variation. Rouse incorporates this diversity to great effect, creating a tightly knit, exhilarating work. Although indigenous instruments are not employed, the timbre of their voices is evoked. The dynamic power of the Western instruments adds an intense level of ferocity to the proceedings."

Christopher Rouse

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 26 February 2009 04:14:00 AM
Composer says piece should be viewed as a war dance. The title means "God of War." Some of the piece looks good but seems to get too redundant. Meter changes, 19/16 measure thrown in. Boobam part could be played on rototoms. Undergraduate ensemble material.
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