Posted By : howardbuss
Piece Title : Escapade for alto sax & percussion quartet
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Composer / Arranger : Buss, Howard (1951-)
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Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Untuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Alto Saxophone / Bell Tree / Claves / Cow Bell / Guiro / Large Cow Bell / Maracas / Marimba (Size Unknown) / Orchestra Bells / Roto-Toms (Set of) / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Tam-Tam / Temple Blocks (Set of) / Timpani (Set of) / Triangle / Vibraphone / Xylophone
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Written for / Commissioned by : Written for Art Woodbury and the University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble
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Publisher :Brixton Publications
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :1991 / 
Duration :12Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :8, Various
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :ESCAPADE (1991) for alto sax and 4 percussion by Howard J. Buss.This colorful and inventive composition explores a sequence of emotional states which develop over a talea, a fixed pattern of time values. Except during the extended sax cadenza, this repeating rhythmic pattern can be heard throughout the work in varying degrees of intensity. At times it is forcibly presented by the musicians moving in rhythmic unison. On other occasions the talea is fragmented and distributed among the players. Frequently this rhythmic pattern is embedded in the presentation of melodic material similar to the technique of isorhythm as it was employed by 14th-century masters such as Machaut and de Vitry. The continuous variation of the unifying talea coupled with the work’s intriguing melodies and exotic timbral contrasts, make this an accessible and enjoyable concert work. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Timpani (4), temple blocks, snare drum and 2 suspended cymbals; Perc. 2: Orchestra bells, xylophone, maracas, triangle, 2 cow bells, suspended cymbal & chime tree; Perc. 3: Vibraphone, tam-tam, roto toms & claves; Perc. 4: Marimba, guiro & 2 suspended cymbals. “By far the night’s most memorable piece.” - The Los Angeles (11’30”) Grade IV-V. Sound sample can be heard on the Brixton Publications website at
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