Austerity Measures
for percussion quartet

Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:07:00
Genre: Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 4 x Percussion
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Programme Note:
Austerity Measures (2015) explores numerous interactions of pitch, rhythm, spatiality, and temporality, and does so under a number of compositionally imposed limitations (or “austerities”). The piece is restricted to small and portable instruments as well as ones that are largely conventional and easy to find. The composer also limits the work in terms of duration and technical difficulty. The music and gestures in the piece are inspired by textures and concepts by composers such as Cage, Grisey, Tenney, and Xenakis yet, the piece utilizes meters, rhythms, and tempi that make performances attainable in less rehearsal time and for a wider variety of performers. Moreover, the use of advanced orchestral accessory technique and select rhythmic devices (hockets, canons, and accelerations) provide pedagogical opportunities for intermediate and advanced student performers. Opening with a unison set of pulses in the claves, the music gradually splinters apart with grace note gestures of increasing density. The high pitch level of the claves gives these “shattering gestures” a complex polyrhythmic affect and an overall sense of deceleration. Rehearsal Letter A introduces the drums and explores rhythmic concepts of hocket and hemiola. Letter B features performer-chosen metal and wood instruments, first with a unison soli and then, with dynamic and accelerating swells. Rehearsal Letter C is a “double duet” of triangles and tambourines playing in an orchestral style, but in a more exposed and intimate chamber setting. After a set of climactic staggered rolls on the drums, Letter E culminates the piece with a three-voice hocket/hemiola pattern between the drums, woods/metals, and the claves. The piece concludes with a return to the “shattering” gestures on the claves, the last featuring the wind chimes and triangles to end the piece with a shimmering sense of release. Austerity Measures was the 3rd Prize winner in the Portland Percussion Groups 2015 "Nothing With Wheels" call for scores competition.

Premiere Information:
9 May 2015, The Old Church, Portland, Oregon USA
Portland Percussion Group (Brian Gardiner, Aaron Jester, Brett EE Paschal, Chris Whyte)

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 7110 P213aus
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 18, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (20 p.);
    20 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 22
    4 parts ([22] p.);
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Winner in the Portland Percussion Group 2015 Call for Scores Competition
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