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Piece Title : Mas Fuerte
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Level : Freshman / Sophomore
Composer / Arranger : Rush, Stephen
Composer / Arranger Details:

Stephen Rush is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he works in an interdisciplinary capacity in five departments with music, dance, art, engineering and other students. He is the director of the Digital Music Ensemble, and the Music Director of the Dance Department. Stephen Rush has been widely commissioned, premiered and performed including the Merce Cunningham Studio and Merkin Hall in New York, Gyory Ballett in Hungary;at universities and colleges in California, Florida, New York, Texas, Wisconsin; and internationally in Canada (Toronto`s Fringe Festival), Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, Hungary, New Zeeland, Norway and Switzerland. Recent performances of Rush`s music (in 1998) have taken place in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Hungary. Among his concert (non-dance) music eight works have been published (by Dorn, CRC and C. Alan Publications), and has enjoyed performance exposure as far afield as England, France, Ireland, Russia and India. He has recorded his work with the Warsaw National Symphony and members of the New York Philharmonic, and has released CD`s on CALA, CRC Publications, MMC Records, Centraur and the Equilibrium label. Subventions for Rush`s formidable body of work have come from the Michigan Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, United States Information Agency, Soros Foundation, Meet the Composer and American Music Center. Rush has lectured at IRCAM in Paris, at the First International Dance Festival in Hungary, at the National University in Costa Rica and the University of Madras in India, among numerous others. He was awarded, with his choreographer/collaborator Sandra Torijano-DeYoung the Mention Honorifico from the Government of Costa Rica for innovative work in Modern Dance. He is also known as a jazz pianist, performing with his electronic jazz group "Quartex", with jazz legend Roscoe Mitchell, and as a co-producer of the radio series, "Uncharted Jazz" on NPR. He has also studied Indian (Carnatic Singing) since 1992, and has received grants from the Kellogg Foundation and the University of Michigan to collaborate with Indian Singers, Musicians and Dancers to perform in the United States and India.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :6 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Sextet
Instrumentation : Bass Drum (x4) / Bongos (Set of) (x2) / Claves / Cow Bell / French Cymbals / Hi-Hats (x2) / Maracas / Ride Cymbal / Snare Drum (x3) / Suspended Cymbal (x2) / Timbales (x2) / Tom (x10) / Wood Block (x6)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : Percussion 1 (2 timbales, bass drum, claves, snare drum) Percussion 2 (large ride cymbal, large cowbell, 5 tom-toms, bass drum) Percussion 3 (snare drum, hi-hat, bongos, small suspended cymbal, woodblock) Percussion 4 (snare drum, bongos) Percussion
Written for / Commissioned by : Percunits A2
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 C Alan Publications
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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Publisher Details :

C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1992 /  1998
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Mas Fuerte, loosely translated, means "more loudness" or "more force." The title is the Spanish version of a rather clumsy working title, "Louder and…(louder and…)." The piece is a study in non-pitched loudness, and reflects a strong Afro-Caribbean influence, specifically influences of Congolese dance music and the Costa Rican version of the Calypso. The transitions are very reflective of transitions found in Congolese drumming, that of dynamic culmination followed by metric changes.

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