A Bird Sings
To the memory of John Wyre
“The bird does not sing because it has an answer — it sings because it has a song.”
Premiered at the University of Maryland Summer Percussion Workshop July 2007 featuring She-e Wu on solo marimba (Marimba 1), with Alan Abel, John Tafoya, Peter Erskine, et al
Scored for 7 players : Player I. Marimba 1 (5 octave); Player II. Marimba 2 (5 octave) + Temple Blocks (5); Player III. Vibraphone (w/ motor); Player IV. Chimes / Xylophone / Glockenspiel; Player V. 4 Timpani & 2 Concert Bass Drums; Player VI. Small Gong (tuned to “G”), Large Gong, Triangle, 2 Tuned Bells (Bb + D) & Piatti; Player VII. Drumset & shaker
Commissioned by a consortium of the following Professors, Percussion Departments & Schools: Professor F. Anthony Ames, University of Maryland School of Music; Professor John Tafoya, Indiana University School of Music; Professor John Kilkenny, George Mason University School of Music; Professor C. William Rice, James Madison University School of Music; Professor Michael Burritt, Northwestern University School of Music; Professor Karolyn Stonefelt, The State University of New York at Fredonia; Professor J. B. Smith, Arizona State University School of Music; Professor Fernando Meza, University of Minnesota School of Music; Professor Jonathan Haas, New York University School of Music; Professor John R. Beck, North Carolina School of the Arts; Professor Dean Witten, Rowan University.
Duration = 11:30 approx. Copyright © 2006 / Ersko Music
Purchase includes PDF files of all player parts plus conductor’s score. Purchase also includes an mp3 version / recording of the piece featuring Wade Culbreath (performing all of the percussion parts) & Peter Erskine (on drums)