Posted By : dkm945
Piece Title : Rituals
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Composer / Arranger : Hamilton, Bruce
Composer / Arranger Details:

Bruce Hamilton (b. 1966) composes and performs music in a variety of genres. He has performed as a percussionist, improviser, and electronic musician for over 25 years. His music is published by Non Sequitur Music and can be heard on the Albany, Amaranth, and/OAR, black circle, blank space, Capstone, Ilse, [ink | fuel], Memex, Phill, SEAMUS, Spectropol, split-notes, Three Legs Duck and Mark labels.

Hamilton`s creative output is eclectic, exploring multiple styles and genre hybrids. He has received honors, awards and commissions from ALEA III, AMC, ASCAP, PAS, Barlow Endowment, Carbondale Community Arts, Indiana University, Jerome Foundation, National Society of Arts and Letters, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Whatcom Symphony, Russolo-Pratella Foundation, and SEAMUS. Recent performances of his music have included those at the NWEAMO Festival, ICMC, Friends of Rain, Electronic Music Midwest, JMU Contemporary Music Festival, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

His recent work Stamino-sosti was premiered by Exit 9 Percussion Group in May 2008 and a composer-supervised recording is available on all the major digital outlets. He is a frequent contributor to the ImprovFriday and Society for Shorty New Music online communities. Over the past seven years Hamilton has performed laptop-based electroacoustic music under various monikers at the Decibel Festival, Hempfest, Sonarchy Radio, and other venues around the Pacific Northwest. His most recent full-length albums are Compulse (as Skiks), released on the split-notes netlabel in October 2011; and mash hits vol. 1, released on Spectropol in January 2012.

A graduate of Indiana University (BM, MM, DM), Hamilton is Associate Professor of Music at Western Washington University, where he teaches music theory, composition, and directs the electroacoustic music studio (WWEAMS). He is a co-organizer of the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, a board member of Make.Shift and the Washington Composers Forum, and runs the Spectropol netlabel. Hamilton lives in Bellingham with composer Lesley Sommer and their son Miles.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Timpani
Instrument / Discipline : Timpani Solo
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 drums (standard sizes)
Written for / Commissioned by : Tim Adams
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 Robert Marino
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Publisher :Non Sequitur Music
Publishers Website :http://www.nonsequiturmusic.com/
Publisher Details :

Currently sells the work of five composers, who write for various different instruments and ensembles.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1998 /  1998
Duration :15Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :You will need a different pair of mallets for each movement, ranging in hardness from soft to very hard.
Sheet Music Available From :www.nonsequiturmusic.com/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Rituals, for solo timpani (four drums), was written in 1998 for Tim Adams. The piece consists of five short movements, each with a different character but harboring similar musical ideas. The first movement is a dramatic study in resonance and features a slow, steady pulse. The second uses only one tetrachord (Gb-C-F-Ab) throughout, shifting the harmony by emphasizing different notes as the music develops. An implied funk groove provides the basic underpinning for the third movement. The fourth features a melodic line (marked cantabile) framed by echoing glissandi. The last movement is mostly in a moto perpetuo style, with some sections in which notes get "caught in the machine," creating rhythmic and motivic variety (and havoc). All five movements explore dynamic shifts, muffling techniques, and timbral effects as extensions of musical gesture. Each movement has its virtuosic demands: I-shape and drama; II-finesse; III-groove; IV-pedaling; V-all of the above. The title refers to the sense of invocation which (to my ears) pervades much of the piece.

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Posted By : dkm945    Date Posted: 09 March 2011 11:41:41 PM
NB: This piece calls for a certain type of mallet for each movement. 1=medium felt timpani sticks, 2=hard felt, 3=medium hard felt, 4=medium soft or cartwheel, 5= medium hard or hard felt.
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