Posted By : peterjarvis
Piece Title : Five Pieces for Percussion Quartet
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Composer / Arranger : Mazurek, Ron
Composer / Arranger Details: Throughout his career, composer Ron Mazurek taught at New York University, Bergen Community College, Lehman College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and several other colleges and universities including William Paterson University where he initiated the electronic music program. His compositions have been performed throughout the USA, South America, Japan, Korea, and Europe and are published by Seesaw Music Corporation N.Y., Edition Pro Nova, Germany, and Calabrese Brothers Music. He received numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright Senior Specialists award and a Fellowship in Composition from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He is a founding member of the International New Music Consortium, the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the International Composers and Interactive Artists (ICIA) of which he was artistic director. Ron was also an accomplished performer on electronic keyboards having performed extensively in New York, New Jersey and on many major new music festivals both in the United States and Europe. Several of his works have been recorded for North/South Records, Jersey Sessions recordings, Pro Viva Records, Romeo Records, Capstone Records and others. One 9/11-inspired composition of his, Final Bell, was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. Perhaps more importantly, Ron was a great ambassador for music representing music with great dignity and love. One of the most unassuming professionals I have ever met or worked with, Mazurek treated all musicians and composers student or professional, regardless of experience or accomplishment with equal respect. It is a rare instance, in a professional world, that one quietly gives so much and asks for so little, while serving a given community in a selfless manner while maintaining dignity at all times. - Peter Jarvis
Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline :
Instrumentation : Cow Bell / Tambourine / Wood Block / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums :
Written for / Commissioned by : Composed for Peter Jarvis and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
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 Peter Jarvis - New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
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Publisher :Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC
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Publisher Details : Publishes contemporary composers
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2005 / 
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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Performance Notes

Movement 3:
Percussion 1: Vocal improvisation based on percussive patterns. Vocalizing either wordlessly or with nonsense words and syllables as employed by jazz singers who create equivalent of an instrumental solo using only the voice.

Voice Parts

Movement 3:
Percussion one needs either a contact microphone or a microphone on a stand.
Movement 5:
All four percussionists may require a microphone for the voice part.
All X note heads are shouted voice parts without defined pitch.

Electronic Sound

The electronic sound CD has six tracks: track 1 is 2 minutes of silence, track 2 is movement 1, track 3 is 2 minutes of silence, track 4 is movement 2, track 5 is 2 minutes of silence and track 6 is movement 4. Tracks 1, 3 and 5 are provided to allow time to pause and set the CD player for the next movement.

Movement 1:
The electronic sound is started on the third beat of measure three and stopped at the end of the movement.
Movement 2:
The electronic sound is started on the third beat of measure three and stopped at the end of the movement. Movement 3:
There is no electronic sound in movement 3.
Movement 4:
The electronic sound begins the movement and is heard alone for one measure and then is stopped at measure 46.
Movement 5:
There is no electronic sound in movement 5.

Program Notes

The Five Pieces for Percussion Quartet with electronic sound were written on a commission from the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. The introduction to this fiery and energetic work is an Introit of celebration in which fragments of the electronic sound is heard against the quartet. The style changes throughout each of the five sections but with a focus throughout on the percussive patterns driving this work. This composition is predominately a spirited interplay between the four participants. The rhythmically complex interaction between the members of the ensemble throughout the work continues forward to a dramatic climax.

Five Pieces for Percussion Quartet has been engraved by Peter Jarvis, is published by Calabrese Brothers Music and is Copyright protected by Ron Mazurek.
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