BIG BANG, THE FOR 6 PERCUSSION & PIANO

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Piece Title : Big Bang, The for 6 percussion & piano
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Composer / Arranger : Buss, Howard (1951-)
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Total Number of Percussionists Required :6 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Untuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Anvil / Bass Drum / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum / Finger Cymbals / Flexitone / Large Size Tam Tam / Marimba (Size Unknown) / Orchestra Bells / Piano / Roto-Toms (Set of) / Sandpaper Blocks / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Tambourine / Temple Blocks (Set of) / Thunder Sheet / Timpani (Set of) / Triangle / Tubular Bells / Vibraphone / Windchimes / Xylophone
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Publisher :Brixton Publications
Publishers Website :www.brixtonpublications.com
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :1992 / 
Duration :18Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :8, Various
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Sheet Music Available From :www.brixtonpublications.com/percussion-4.html      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :THE BIG BANG (1992) for 6 percussion & piano by Howard J. Buss. This significant work in 2 movements is a musical representation of the “Big Bang” theory of the creation of the universe which contends that our ever-expanding universe began as a colossal explosion at a single point in space. During the first movement, "The Creation", all musical development grows out of an initial blast of sound. Waves of sound mass gradually crystallize into definite pitches leading to the formation of the natural harmonic series. 12-tone fragments intertwine and gradually coalesce into perceptible melodies. This musical development is analogous to the formation of compounds, amino acids, etc. Midway through "The Creation" the “spark of life" is introduced in an abrupt shift of musical activity which undergoes continuous development to the end of the movement. The animated second movement, "Dance of Life", is a joyous celebration of life. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: 2 suspended cymbals, 3 brake drums, 2 cowbells, temple blocks, tam-tam & sand blocks; Perc. 2: Orchestra bells, 5 roto toms & triangle; Perc.3: Flexitone, timpani (4), wind chimes, bongos & a thunder sheet (or a large tam-tam); Perc. 4: Xylophone, suspended cymbal, bass drum & chimes (tubular bells); Perc. 5: Marimba, 2 anvils metal pipes may be substituted), tambourine, finger cymbals & triangle; Perc. 6: Vibraphone, chimes (tubular bells) which are shared with player 4, snare drum, 2 suspended cymbals & tam-tam. The piano is treated as an integral part of the percussion battery. This engaging work is appropriate for a college-level percussion ensemble. (18’) Grade V-VI. Sound files for this work may be heard on the Brixton Publications website at www.brixtonpublications.com/percussion-4.html
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