Urban landscape
for six percussionists

Anthony Genge
Anthony Genge
Composition Date: 2010
Genre: Percussion, + Keyboard, No Keyboard


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 6 x Percussion
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Programme Note:
Urban Landscape is a work for a percussion ensemble of six players, which employ a variety of instruments, including: rice bowls, automobile brake drums, temple blocks, wood blocks, claves, tambourine, cowbells, bongos, tom toms, bass drum, cymbals and tam tams. The eclectic mixture of instruments, as well as the kinetic forward motion of the music, informs the ‘Urban Landscape’ of the title. The piece is in two main parts, separated by a brief interlude, where the performers play cymbals exclusively. The first part of the work is built on several simultaneous rhythmic canons; dialogue between the temple blocks and wood blocks, another between the brake drums and rice bowls, and also one between the two cowbells. Following the interlude, the fast, second half of the work is also built on several simultaneous rhythmic canons with different pairs of instruments; the woodblocks and rice bowls, the claves, one set of tom toms and the brake drums, and the other set of tom toms and the rice bowls. Urban Landscape is, in some ways, an homage to the music of some of the earliest composer’s of percussion ensemble music, composers such as Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison and John Cage. Their brilliant works, in this then-new medium in the 1930’s and 1940’s, have always seemed to me to have set a very imaginative and high standard for percussion ensemble music.

Premiere Information:
April 2008 St. Francis Xavier University Antigonish, N.S. St. F.X. Percussion Ensemble Conductor: Terry O'Mahoney


  • Call Number:
  • MI 7210 G329ur
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, + Keyboard, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 26, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (24 p.) ;
    24 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Percussion ensemble-six percussionists
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