Pika-Don
for four percussionists and four-track tape

James Tenney
Composer
James Tenney
Composition Date: 1991
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Percussion

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 4 x Percussion
  • 4 x Tape
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Programme Note:
In Part I (“Alamogordo”) of Pika-Don (“flash-boom”) one voice per channel of a four-channel tape reads the text printed in the middle of the associated player’s part in the score. The voices on the tape are reading eye-witness accounts of the “Trinity” atom bomb test in New Mexico on July 16th, 1945, by Brig. General Thomas F. Farrell, George B. Kistiakowsky, engineer, William L. Laurence, reporter, and Isador I. Rabi, physicist. The readers are Paul Dutton, Bruce Elder, Reinhard Reitzenstein, and James Tenney. In Part II (“Hiroshima”), there are eight voices, reading texts by young women and children who witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945: Shunnen Arishige, Shintaro Fukuhara, Toshiko Ikeda, Yohko Kuwabara, Naoko Masuoka, Naoko Masuoka, Hiroko Nakamoto, Iwao Nakamura, Setsuko Sakamoto, and Ikuko Wakasa. The readers are Ellen Band, Wende Bartley, Allison Cameron, Kathy Elder, Michelle George, Shannon Peet, Lauren Pratt, and Gayle Young. The tape was produced in the studio of Randall A. Smith, Toronto. Pika-Don was commissioned by the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the University of Mexico Percussion Ensemble, with the assistance of the Ford Foundation. It was first performed by that ensemble at the CCA on 28 August 1993; and has been since performed by the same ensemble at New Music across America–Albuquerque on 3 October 1993, and by the Toronto percussion ensemble Batterie Park at New Music across America-Toronto on 3 October 1993.—program note by James Tenney

Premiere Information:
21 November 1996, Renaissance Hotel/Convention Center, Nashville, TN, USA
University of New Mexico Percussion Ensemble

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9230 T298pik
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Percussion
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 2, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (landscape)
    93 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Additional Information:
  • Part I. Almogordo -- Part II. Hiroshima
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