I am wondering about the percussion repertoire, and if there are many "classics" which we should be aware of. I have been trying to build up a collection of percussion recordings, and I wonder if I've almost exhausted the low hanging fruit.
I have recordings of some of the following, or have made efforts to listen to them:
Xenakis:Rebonds A and B
Wuorinen: Symphony for percussion
Englund: Symphony for strings and percussion
Symphony for organ and percussion: Ritual: Douglas Reed
Rosenberg: Symphony for wind and percussion (Ostgota Symphonic Wind Ensemble)
Martinu: Concerto for cello, winds, percussion and piano ("")
Siegfried Fink: Toccatina for 6 Percussionists
Christopher Rouse: Ku-Ka-Limoku, Continuum Percussion Quartet
Bartok: Music for strings percussion and celeste
Bartok: Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion
Bartok: Concerto for 2 pianos and percussion
Frank Martin: Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani and percussion.
I have also some compilation discs (or tracks thereof) such as the Impulse disc by the Percussion Ensemble Würzburg and other recordings by ensembles such as Percussion Ensemble Mainz and So Percussion - for example some of their Cage tracks - see http://sopercussion.com/
Maybe there'd be more discussion on some of the other boards/threads (Hear and Now, etc.), but there seems to be very little discussion about percussion music on this board.
I thought I'd kick off by suggesting a few pieces - as above.
Last edited by Dave2002; 05-08-12 at 09:37.
Don't forget these true staples of the percussion repertory:
Originally Posted by Dave2002
Bartok: Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Stravinsky: A Soldier's Tale
Thanks for joining in - I spotted the omission of the Bartok pieces as I hit return, so they have been edited in. I didn't notice that the Walton and Stravinsky are significant for percussion.
Oh they are. Both are chamber works that feature the percussionist as an equal member of the ensemble. Of course, by this I mean Walton's original, for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, percussion (1 player), cello & reciter. The Stravinsky (which James Blades called a 'pearl' among percussion scores) is for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion (1 player), violin and bass.
Originally Posted by Dave2002
There's this, too:
There's also a Concerto pour batterie et petit orchestre by Milhaud. I don't know it, though. I do know Tabuh-tabuhan by the Canadian Colin McPhee. It dates from about 1930 and has the whole orchestra imitating a gamelan for a symphonic piece of about 16-17 minutes. Mercury recorded it in the 1950s, with Howard Hanson.
Last edited by Pabmusic; 05-08-12 at 10:09.
There's quite a lot of Varese - Ionisation is the best known. Carlos Chavez as well
Not mentioned yet:
Jurriaan Andriessen: Summerdances for percussion, harp and guitar (1966)
Balassa: Music for 4 percussionists (1969)
Boerman: Music for percussion and orchestra (1990)
Borkovsky: Spectra for percussion
Denissov: Ode for clarinet, piano and percussion (1968)
Goeyvaerts: Litany for 3 percussionists (1980)
Ishii: Piece for marimba and 2 percussionists(1969)
Landowski:Concerto for Ondes Martenot, strings and percussion(1954)
Loevendie; Duo for bass-clarinet and percussion (1989)
Mack: Lalangen for percussion
de Marez Oyens: Mixed feelings -for tape and percussion
Matthus: Concerto for percussion and orchestra "Manhattan Concerto"
Matthus Concerto for trumpet, percussion and orchestra
Norgard: I tsjing (1970)
Porcelijn: Requiem for percussion (1970)
Rijnvos: Stalker for percussion (1990)
Rodney Bennett: Concerto for percussion and orchestra (1990)
Schat: Signalement for percussionists op.14 (1961)
Stravinsky: Les Noces (with pianos as percussion)
ter Veldhuis: Sounds - for percussion ensemble (1975)
Xenakis: many pieces
Last edited by Roehre; 05-08-12 at 11:41.
Hmm. I'm almost tempted to start a thread on Favourite Drum Solos on the Jazz Board... <strokes chin emoticon>
And, of course:
... or, alternative performance:
... and, in rehearsal:
Ferneyhough also wrote a brief, joyful Fanfare for Klaus Huber for two percussionists.
As for "other Xenakis pieces":
( ... played by the Master!)
and (the central work for Percussion Ensemble, IMO):