Posted By : peterjarvis
Piece Title : Controlled Improvisation Number 1 (Op. 17)
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Composer / Arranger : Jarvis, Peter
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Peter Jarvis is a percussionist, conductor, drummer, composer, educator, copyist and print music editor. As a freelance musician he has performed as a soloist, chamber player and conductor with many highly distinguished ensembles in the United States and abroad; primarily in New York in Ne w Jersey.

As conductor he has appeared with the Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, and several other groups. He has appeared as guest conductor on the San Francisco Symphony’s New and Unusual Music Series. The New York Times has said about Jarvis`s conducting: ". . . [He] did full justice to its rhythmic complexities; Mr. Jarvis and his forces richly deserved the standing ovation they received."
As copyist he has worked on the music of Leonard Bernstein, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Ned Rorem, George Walker and several dozen other American and International composers. His work is in the catalog of many major music publishers, including CF Peters, Boosey and Hawks, Theodore Presser, Shirmers, etc.

Jarvis teaches music at Connecticut College and William Paterson University, his teaching responsibilities include academic classes, percussion lessons, coaching/conducting chamber music directing New Music Concerts and the New Music Series at William Paterson University where he is Director of New Music.

His compositions are published by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC and he is a member of BMI.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Drumset Percussion / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline :
Instrumentation : Drum Kit / Electric Guitar
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums :
Written for / Commissioned by : Composed for Gene Pritsker
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Publisher :Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC
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Publisher Details : Publishes contemporary composers
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2011 / 
Duration :3Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :6, Various
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Controlled Improvisation Number 1 for electric guitar and drum set was completed on June 5, 2011 and is dedicated to friend and colleague Gene Pritsker. Gene is one of the most inspired musicians I have ever met (I do not say that lightly) and a model example of a good citizen of the music community. In addition to being one of the most prolific composers I have know, Gene is extremely active as a director, producer, recording engineer and performer in an vast array of music styles. I am delighted to have composed this piece for him and am grateful for the opportunity.

In this piece the players are free, much of the time, to provide pitches as they see fit. Most of the time the rhythms and dynamics are notated but, here again, in some cases the players are free to sort that out for themselves. There are three improvised sections in the piece – an improvised drum solo accompanied by a noted guitar part, an improvised guitar solo accompanied by a notated drum part, and finally an extended free improvisation section, which leads to the finale.
- Peter Jarvis

Electric Guitar:
- Electric guitar with standard tuning
- Various effect pedals at the discretion of the performer.

Drum Set:
- A standard 5-piece drum set with a hi-hat and 3 cymbals (ride, crash and splash) is required.
- Drum sticks throughout.

Performance Notes:
- When “x” noteheads are used in the guitar part, the pitches are to be improvised. Even the general contour that is apparently suggested is can be altered. However, the rhythm and dynamics are to be played as indicated unless otherwise stated.
- In cases where the guitar part has an indication of “with effects” the player is free to use any effect, if desired, he/she chooses.

Drum Set:
- Snares on throughout.
- The drums should be amplified whenever possible, but a lack of amplification is an acceptable alternative when necessary.
- The amplification is not necessarily for volume but more to create a sound that blends with the electric guitar – both instruments should have an electronic sound quality.
- When the drum set part is marked “improvise pitches,” i.e. m. 21, 3rd and 4th beats the pitches of the notated line do not need to followed, but please feel free to play them if you choose.

Engraved by Peter Jarvis

Copyright 2011

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Gene Pritsker and Peter Jarvis DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York City, USA 2012-01-29 07:00 PM
Gene Pritsker and Peter Jarvis William Paterson University, NJ - USA 2011-11-07 07:30 PM
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