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Piece Title : Modern Times for narrator, flute doubling on piccolo & 4 percussion
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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 : Anvil / Bell Tree / Bongos (Set of) / Concert Bass Drum / Conga / Duck Call / Flexitone / Flute / Glass Jar / Glass Wind Chimes / Guiro / Hi-Hats / Large Size Tam Tam / Lion`s Roar / Marimba (Size Unknown) / Orchestra Bells / Police Whistle / Roto-Toms (Set of) / Shaker / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Tam-Tam / Tambourine / Timpani (Set of) / Triangle / Tuned Wind Chimes / Vibra-Slap / Vibraphone / Vietnamese Frog Guiro / Voice / Wood Block / Xylophone
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Written for / Commissioned by : dedicated to Kim and Robert McCormick
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Publisher :Brixton Publications
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :1995 / 
Duration :30Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :8, Various
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :MODERN TIMES (1995) for narrator, flute, and 4 percussion (words and music by Howard J. Buss) is a powerful and dramatic depiction of life in our time. Provocative, at times mystical, and occasionally humorous, this work addresses an eclectic range of subjects such as taxes, neglected children, team mascots, and the information glut. “The tenor of Buss’ social commentary is somewhere between the witty jeering of Mark Twain and the pithy insights of Sinclair Lewis. In his free verse one finds provocation without violence and intense anger without profanity.” - The Tampa Tribune. The sophisticated music of MODERN TIMES transports the poetry into the dramatic and colorful sound world of the flute and percussion ensemble. The result is a unique and fresh view of the culture(s) in which we live. “The writing is mature and fresh, yet is within reach of a solid college ensemble.” - George Frock, Percussive Notes Magazine “This work is well-paced, colorful and accessible to audiences not familiar with complex percussion literature.This is truly one of the finest works in our idiom.” Robert McCormick, Florida Percussive News The 8 movements may be performed individually or in smaller groupings: I. Info Glut (3:34) II. Night Tide (2:49) S III. The Hunt (4:14) IV. Five Question Interlude (3:01) V. The Asphalt Blanket (3:11) VI. To a Neglected Child (5:25)( VII. Giggles!?! (1:57) VIII. Modern Times (5:26) Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Xylophone, lion roar, tam-tam, vibraslap, 2 suspended cymbals, Chinese bell tree & bongos; Perc. 2: Marimba, snare drum, bass drum, 2 anvils (metal pipes may be substituted), glass jug or jars (to be broken for the sonic effect), conga drum, wind chimes & triangle; Perc. 3: Vibraphone, roto toms, tambourine, tam-tam, police whistle, shaker, duck call; Perc. 4: Orchestra bells, timpani (4), agogo bells, 2 suspended cymbals, hi-hat, wind chimes, wood block, frog croak (may be imitated vocally), boing box effect (a flexitone may be substituted), triangle & guiro. (30’) Grade V. Recorded on the Capstone Records CD HOWARD J. BUSS:MODERN TIMES available from Brixton Publications at Sound samples of each of the 8 movements can be heard on the Brixton Publications website at
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