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PE - 4/5/17 Spotlight theater


YSU Percussion Ensemble

Glenn Schaft - Director

5 April 2017

Spotlight Theater 7:30p.m.


Gymel (1973)                                                                                                                                  William Duckworth (b. 1943)

Gymel is a marimba quartet of a different color - by mixing minimalism and indeterminacy (chance), this piece always sounds similar but never the same. The notation, a diamond shaped collection of short motives, functions as a map of players' choice pathways. Each player starts on a different corner of the diamond and gradually weaves their way toward a common center block (longer phrase), and then out to a different ending position by playing each motive 6-12 times.


Sonata Ico (1995)                                                                                                                           Michael R. Adams (b. 1951)


Drumming Part One (1971)                                                                                                           Steve Reich (b. 1936)

Steve Reich has been called “America’s greatest living composer” (The Village VOICE), “...the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker), and “...among the great composers of the century” (New York Times). His music has been influential to composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. He is a leading pioneer of Minimalism, having in his youth broken away from the “establishment” that was serialism. His music is known for steady pulse, repetition and a fascination with canons; it combines rigorous structures with propulsive rhythms and seductive instrumental color. It also embraces harmonies of non-Western and American vernacular music (especially jazz). His studies have included the Gamelan, African drumming (at the University of Ghana), and traditional forms of chanting the Hebrew scriptures.                                                                                                                             —Reprinted by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes


Passage (1994)                                                                                                               Lynn Glassock (b.1946)

            Lynn Glassock is a native of Dallas, Texas and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. His teachers have included Paul Guerrero, Ron Fink, Kalman Cherry, Ed Soph and Leigh Howard Stevens. Mr. Glassock teaches Percussion, Introduction to Music Technology and conducts the UNC Percussion Ensemble. Professional experiences include performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, musical shows and commercial bands. He has written articles for the Instrumentalist and music reviews for Percussive Notes. He is currently a member of the Composition Committee, the Contest and Auditions Procedures Committee, and the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society. 




Nagoya Marimbas (1994)                                                                                                          Steve Reich (b.1936)

Nagoya Marimbas was commissioned by Sekar Sakura at the Nagoya College of Music in Japan in honor of the opening of Shirakawa Hall. It was premiered in 1994 by Sekar Sakura and Yukie Kurihara, marimbas.


Argentinian Tangos (1996)                                                                   arr.  Werner Thomas-Mifune

1.     La vi llegar - Enrique Fancini

2.     Cafetin de Buenos Aires – Mariano Mores

3.     Cristal – Mariano Mores

Werner Thomas-Mifune’s arrangements of Argentinean Tangos are published for string quartet and are performed from the original quartet parts. The Tango is an Argentine genre of urban song and dance that has remained popular throughout the 20th century but which originated in the poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century. The dance, for couples in a tight embrace, is characterized by very sensual movement. The music is frequently in a minor mode and includes dramatic rhythmic and dynamic contracts. Notes by Glenn Schaft.


Ku-Ka-Ilimoku (1978)                                                                                                Christopher Rouse (b. 1949)

In Hawaiian mythology, Ku is perhaps the most fundamental and important of gods, occupying a place similar to that of Zeus in Greek mythology or Odin in Norse legend. Ku is manifested in several forms: as Ku-Ka-Ilimoku he represents the god of war. Thus, this work for percussion ensemble is best viewed as a savage, propulsive war dance. Ku-Ka-Ilimoku was commissioned by the Syracuse Symphony Percussion Ensemble.


Gankino Choro                                                                                                                                Traditional Bulgarian

                                                                                                                                                                  Arr. Wessela Kostowa

We arranged this festive dance music to include improvised keyboard and frame drum solos. The asymmetric meter consists of eleven subdivisions grouped 2/2/3/2/2 or 4/3/4.




Edward Butcher, Salem, OH

Joel Gillespie, East Liverpool, OH 

Brandon Maffitt, Warren, OH

Evan McCreary, Poland, OH

Elexis Moore, Warren, OH

Marino November, McDonald, OH

Tracy Rusk, Brookfield, OH

Tommy Starr, Pittsburgh, PA

Anthony Tresky, Pittsburgh, PA

Nathan Weingart, Canfield, OH


Thanks to Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Co., Remo Inc., Innovative Percussion Inc., and Black Swamp Percussion for their product and artist support.




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