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PE - 10/25/17 Butler

 Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble

Dr. Glenn Schaft - Director


Butler Institute of American Art

25 October 2017





Trio (1994)                                                                              Daniel Levitan (b. 1953)

Trio is based on a two-measure rhythmic phrase that recurs frequently in classical literature. Here, that phrase serves as a rhythmic theme, developed by the cowbells and drums over the steady time kept by the temple block. Composer and percussionist Daniel Levitan studied composition at Bennington College with Henry Brant Vivian Fine, and Marta Ptazynska. Percussion studies include marimba with Tom Hemphill, talba with Phil Ford and Ray Speigel, and congas and Latin percussion with Frankie Malabe. The YSU Percussion Ensemble has performed many of Levitan's works and have recorded his Septet which is available on our commercial release Dark Wood. Notes by Daniel Levitan and Glenn Schaft


Catching Shadows (2013)                                                                   Ivan Trevino (b. 1983)

Tommy Starr, Nathan Weingart - marimba

Catching Shadows is a marimba duo commissioned by Michael Burritt, professor of percussion at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The piece was premiered by Michael and I at the 2013 Rochester Fringe Festival. Michael and I have become good friends and collaborators over the years, and on a recent road trip to a gig, he said, "I'm in charge of the tunes!" Honestly, I didn't know what to expect! He plugged in his iPod – Radiohead, Dave Matthews, then Earth, Wind & Fire. That's when I discovered something cool about Mike: he's as much a rock musician as a classical musician. It just so happens he plays marimba. Sometime, I feel the same way. With Catching Shadows, I thought about our road trip and decided to write a rock tune inspired by Mike's playlist. Ivan Trevino, October 2013



Rancho Jubilee (2009)                                                            Andrew Beall (b. 1980)

Rancho Jubilee is the name of a Dominican restaurant on my neighborhood corner in Washington Heights, New York City. It's fun decor and lively atmosphere mixed with Latin and Caribbean influences provided a nice setting for composing this trio. Cajon is a Spanish word, meaning "box". The instrument originated in Peru and has become popular in Spanish Flamenco music. Because of the wire strings extending across one of the instrument's interior panels, it produces distinct low, mid, and higher frequency timbres, not unlike the drumset snare drum and bass drum. Notes by Andrew Beall


Snare Drum for Camus (1980)                                               Joseph Celli (b. 1944)

Unlike much Western concert music, Snare Drum for Camus is not notated, but is transmitted aurally. The composer states: it is a tone color exploration which is built on a simple seven-note sticking pattern (LR LR LRR) repeated throughout. However, the performers are encouraged to think in larger phrases such as 14 or 28 notes. The formal structure consists of a general timbral progression, a symmetrical arch form, utilizing rim sounds, rim shots, skin sounds, rim shots, and concluding on rim sounds. The performers exhibit considerable freedom by choosing various predetermined and improvised phrases. This type of piece can be understood as “slow process music” in which the beauty unfolds gradually from one pattern to the next. Not only do the timbral patterns change, but the listener’s perception of their place in the metric phrase may also change. Notes by Glenn Schaft


Fandango 13 (2013)                                                              Michael Burritt (b. 1962)

Fandango 13 is a virtuosic dance in mixed meter scored for percussion sextet. It was originally scored as a quartet and served as the third and final movement to a larger piece titled 4 Points West, a commission from the West Point Academy Percussion Quartet in 2005. Fandango 13 is a re-orchestration and expansion of this movement. The pitch material is essentially modal in nature with cadences in major and minor tonalities but never truly establishes a true tonal center. Fandango is a milieu of the many styles, ranging from pop and jazz to minimalism and contemporary music, that comprise my musical experience. Notes by Michael Burritt



Edward Butcher, Salem, OH

Zachary Criss, Warren, OH

Spencer Crosser, Lisbon, OH

Joel Gillespie, East Liverpool, OH 

Brandon Maffitt, Warren, OH

Evan McCreary, Poland, OH

James Reardon, East Liverpool, OH

Tracy Rusk, Brookfield, OH

Tommy Starr, Pittsburgh, PA

Anthony Tresky, Pittsburgh, PA

Nathan Weingart, Canfield, OH

Brett Whitely, Orwell, OH


Thanks to Avedis Zildjian Co. (cymbals), Remo Inc. (drumheads and world percussion), Innovative Percussion Inc. (sticks and mallets), and Black Swamp Percussion (accessory percussion) for their product and artist support.



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