VOLUME PIG

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Piece Title : Volume Pig
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Level : Freshman
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 : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Quartet
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) / Accordian / Bass Drum (x2) / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum (x4) / Cow Bell (x2) / Crotales (Set of) (x2) / Glockenspiel / Hammer / Metal Pipe/Plate / Shaker / Snare Drum / Splash Cymbal / Suspended Cymbal (x2) / Tam-Tam / Timbale / Tom (x4) / Toy Pistol (x4) / Whistle (x4) / Wood Block (x5)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Murray Hickman
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Eastman Chamber Percussion Ensemble
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Promethean Editions
Publishers Website :www.promethean-editions.com/
Publisher Details :

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 :1992 /  1997
Duration :11Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :Off-stage accordian player.
Sheet Music Available From :www.promethean-editions.co.nz/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Volume Pig (vo.lium pig). n. 1. Name of a rare subspecies of the pig family, porcus amplificatus, normally found dwelling in remote Southland bogs. The unusual hunting tactics of this creature have long been a curiosity to zoologists; it confuses and stuns its prey by uttering a frantic succession of wild grunts, howls and piercing screams, causing the unfortunate prey to fall to the ground, covering its ears in extreme agony. 2. Colloquial name given to a person with a particular propensity for composing music of an unusually loud nature.

The work has been recorded by the ensemble STRIKE on their self-titled debut CD (Trust Records), and they have performed the work in Britain and Europe as well as in New Zealand.



`Volume Pig is scored for percussion quartet with an accordion player employed for comedic effect. The four performers have a fairly large setup consisting of a low tom-tom and various accessory instruments for each performer. Set in a rondo format, the A sections have loud (fff), driving, eighth-note patterns accompanied with “ha” and “ya” screams by the percussionists that are similar to the vocal sounds in Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki. The alternating sections consist of simultaneous improvisation from all performers, simple melodic interludes, and, perhaps most interestingly, the appearance of an accordion player off stage who is then shot with toy pistols for comedic affect.

The composition’s rhythmic vocabulary is primarily limited to eighth- and sixteenth-note combinations and will be approachable by the novice-level ensemble. In addition, the “assassination” of the accordion player will help Volume Pig to serve as a novelty piece for any percussion ensemble concert.`

Eric Willie, Percussive Notes, August, September 2009.


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