LITTLE SEA GONGS

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Piece Title : Little Sea Gongs
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Composer / Arranger : Farr, Gareth
Composer / Arranger Details: Gareth Farr: composer, percussionist... and drag queen! an indisputably colourful figure in New Zealand music. And whether scored for percussion duet or the resources of two large orchestras, Farr s music reflects his personality bold, brash, or delicate and sensuous, but inevitably, immediately, engaging. Rhythmic elements of his compositions can be linked to the complex and exciting rhythms of Rarotongan log drum ensembles, Balinese gamelan and other percussion music of the Pacific Rim. In addition to his music for the concert chamber, Farr has written music for dance, theatre and television.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Quartet
Instrumentation : Crash Cymbal (x2) / Kick Bass Drum / Tom (x8)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Murray Hickman (Strike)
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Publisher :Promethean Editions
Publishers Website :www.promethean-editions.com/
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A Greek legend tells how the demigod Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and brought it to mankind in order that they might establish civilisation. Subsequently Zeus took vengeance on Prometheus for his cunning, condemning him to be bound in chains for eternity and sending an eagle to feed upon his immortal liver!

Promethean Editions was established in 1996 with the mission of bringing the fire of new, fresh and exciting contemporary music to performers and audiences throughout the world. Today we publish, promote and market music by emerging and established composers in the global market-place.

We publish and represent the music of thirty composers and work closely with our house composers: Gareth Farr, Christos Hatzis, Vincent Ho and John Psathas.

Key strategies include the publication of sheet music and services to composers (management, music typesetting and administration of music hire and facsimile score publication).

Promethean Editions are intended primarily for performance. Scores and parts are sturdy and easy to use: durable outside, clearly and sensibly laid out within.

Music is engraved using either Music Press (Graphire) or Finale (MakeMusic!). Music Press is a high-end expert music typesetting software package whose output is comparable to the finest classical hand engraving, and custom fonts and spacing are employed in Finale to achieve clean and stylish scores.

Gareth Farr and John Psathas are two important New Zealand composers. Together with Canadians Christos Hatzis and Vincent Ho they form part of an emerging unique artistic voice. Gareth Farr is renowned for his colourful melodies and driving, percussive writing, while referencing musical styles of the Pacific-rim, including Cook Island drumming, Balinese Gamelan and Maori music traditions. Christos Hatzis, a Greek born Canadian resident, draws musical inspiration from Christian spirituality, his own Byzantine heritage and other cultures. His music is eclectic and combines elements of jazz, pop and world music, including several earlier works inspired by the music of the Inuit, Canada’s arctic inhabitants. Canadian Vincent Ho’s music is rich and energetic, a unique integration of influences ranging from the visual arts, electroacoustic and natural soundscapes, traditional classical music forms, and the physical properties of the instruments and ensembles for which he writes. Ho is currently Composer in Residence with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. New Zealand born Greek John Psathas was recognised early in his career for writing high-energy and propulsive music. He continues to fuse a new classical style by drawing from his heritage and aspects of European art music, jazz and rock.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1997 / 
Duration :3Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :NA
Sheet Music Available From :www.promethean-editions.co.nz/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Little Sea Gongs is a miniature companion-piece to From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs, a major work composed for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra which incorporates the visual spectacle of three percussionists playing a line of ten roto toms. The drumming style is very much inspired by Rarotongan log drumming and is fast, furious and very loud.

Little Sea Gongs started as a short drumming piece to end the composer`s stage show Drumdrag. Like the larger work, it was intended to be a Rarotongan-style composition, but played on western drums. It was never notated, and was intended to be flexible in its instrumentation—the drummers would simply play on whatever instruments they happened to have handy. The number of performers also varied from three to seven players.

The present quartet arrangement of Little Sea Gongs was made at the request of Murray Hickman of the percussion ensemble Strike, and has since become one of the group`s most frequently performed pieces.

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