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Matre's Dance For Percussion Ensemble (Preview)

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By John Psathas | Arranged for Solo Percussion and Mallet Quartet (Arr. Omar Camenates)

utilising wooden

utilising wooden keyboard percussion instruments in lieu of the piano. The vibraphone voice is added throughout to bring out melodic lines where precise control of note length is necessary. As such, note lengths and articulation markings should be strictly observed during these sections. However, care should also be taken to blend all keyboard instruments throughout to create a single unified sonority. Since much of the original piano part exists in the extreme high and low ends of the instrument, numerous accommodations had to be made to fit within the range of keyboard percussion instruments. However, a deliberate attempt was made to capture the tonal character of those unavailable pitches. Unison playing is used extensively in the low register of the marimba to emulate the grit and thickness of the low piano strings and the addition of the xylophone captures of brilliant attack of the highest notes. Any interpretive decisions made by performers to capture these qualities through mallet selection, stage set-up, amplification and more are welcomed. Matre’s Dance was commissioned by Jack Body (with financial support from Creative New Zealand), receiving its premiere performance from David Guerin (piano) and Bruce McKinnon (percussion) in Wellington, New Zealand, in April of 1991. This arrangement has been recorded by Carmenates and members of the JP3 Ensemble (Tommy Dobbs, Melinda Leoce, Justin Lamb and Luis Rivera) for the 2016 Rattle Records release entitled The John Psathas Percussion Project: Volume One. Performance notes Solo Percussion Two alternative set-ups are possible • (a) to be played with semi-hard marimba mallets / ˛ ˛ ˛ ˛ ˛ ˛ high bongo (general pitch) high tom-tom (general pitch) medium tom-tom low tom-tom (general pitch) (general pitch) timpano tuned to C timpano tuned to A / ˛ ˛ ˛ ˛ ˛ ˛ • (b) to be played with drum sticks highest roto-tom (general pitch) high tom-tom medium tom-tom (general pitch) (general pitch) low tom-tom (general pitch) low roto-tom (general pitch) lowest roto-tom (general pitch) PE182S – vi

Percussion EnsemblePercussion 1: Marimba (4.3 octave), Vibraphone (3 octave, low E optional) • Percussion 2: Marimba (4.3 octave, 5 octave optional), Vibraphone (3 octave, 4 octave optional) • Percussion 3: Marimba (5 octave), Xylophone • Percussion 4: Marimba (5 octave) • Accent and tenuto markings from the original piano part (PE027) have been retained in the percussion ensemble parts. These markings are not intended to denote a particular performance technique. If desired, performers can include techniques such as additional damping and dead strokes as long as they are implemented uniformly across the ensemble. PE182S – vii

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