Posted By : TimoPalm
Piece Title : Hard-Boiled Capitalism and the Day Mr. Friedman Noticed Google Is A Verb
No. of times Viewed (January 2019) :17
Total No. of times Viewed :2036
No. of Media Uploads :0(Videos -0, MP3 - 0, Photos - 0)
Dificulty Rating :
Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Wahlund, Ben
Composer / Arranger Details:

Ben Wahlund is an internationally award-winning music composer, music educator, and performer of percussion. With bachelor degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as a Master`s Degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Performance Certificate in percussion from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, Ben Wahlund has seen success as a musician on a number of fronts since the early 1990`s.

As a composer, Mr. Wahlund`s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, France, Taiwan, China, and most recently, Jordan. Additionally, his compositions have placed twice in the Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest, first place for the Quey Percussion Duo Annual Composition Contest, first place in the international Methanex "Symphony and Steel Composition Contest" for a concerto for steel pan and orchestra, and second place in the Keystone Composition Contest.

Ben Wahlund is the Assistant Director of the Birch Creek Music Center Percussion Session, in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, as well as a private teacher and adjudicator in the Naperville, Illinois area and serves as adjunct faculty in music theory, percussion pedagogy, composition/orchestration and music education at North Central College, in Naperville, IL.

Ben Wahlund also serves as the director of percussion at Naperville Central High School, where the high school percussion ensemble`s concert Drumshow consistently performs to capacity crowds of over 2,500 people. Additionally, Ben has designed and is director of the District 203 Riverwalk Percussion Camp.

His performance history involves successful performances in all aspects of percussion throughout the United States as well as Europe, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, a number of state Days of Percussion, and the Illinois Music Educators Association State Convention.

His effective and engaging teaching has earned him two Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, a number of citations as outstanding studio staff member at NCHS, a nomination for the Disney Excellence in Education Award, and, most importantly, a roster of tremendously successful students.

Ben Wahlund endorses Sabian Cymbals, Remo Percussion, and Innovative Percussion Drumsticks and Mallets. Mr. Wahlund`s work is published exclusively by HoneyRock Publications and lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Jennifer, and two dogs, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Vibraphone Solo
Instrumentation : Vibraphone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Michael Truesdell
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 TROMP Percussion
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Bachovich Music Publications
Publishers Website :www.bachovich.com
Publisher Details :

Extraordinary percussion literature for the 21st century! Looking for recital pieces, chamber pieces, and concerti? We`re here to serve you the finest in percussion music 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2009 /  2012
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :NA
Sheet Music Available From :www.bachovich.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

This work was premiered during Michael Truesdell’s solo recital at the Nancy Zeltsman Festival in the summer of 2009 and takes its title from a quirky observation I noticed in the summer of 2006.

At the time I had been reading Milton Friedman’s book, Capitalism and Freedom, when I also finished Thomas Friedman’s new masterpiece, The World is Flat. In Thomas Friedman’s book he observes that www.google.com has empowered the world with so much information and leveled the playing field of intellectual property so much that he considered the launch date of google.com one of the ten most significant days in the world in the last 20 years.

Milton Friedman, on the other hand, is considered to be a grandfather of sorts in the “neo-con” movement because his ideas on the economy – both new and old – and I am tickled to think of him reading Thomas Friedman’s book. I wonder what he thought would happen to capitalism when the playing field of intellectual property had been so leveled by what we now call “googling”. Surely this old economist would have bristled to have a hallowed number quickly stolen and relegated to a flippant verb.


Hard-Boiled Capitalism _while timely – given our country’s state of financial affairs, was actually conceived before the popular notion of our country’s current recession. I aim to reflect the fervor so many Americans felt at the height of indulgence and the clean newness that a purging of outdated ideas has to offer the next generation of Americans. I chose the medium of vibraphone, partly at Mr. Truesdell’s request, but also because I feel that the simplicity of graduated metal bars is so often overlooked, much like the fundamental


Member Rating :  0Vote(s)
Rate This Piece :      
Scheduled Performances : Update
Who Venue Date Time
   Add to Favourite Add to Favourite
    Invite a friend to join PMO
     Print this page      Tell a friend
  Spot an error
  Know something about this piece? Tell Us
  Know a piece not on PMO? Post It Now!