Holiday for Percussion, op.51

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George Heussenstamm

General Info

Year: 1974
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MFP
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Marimba, wood blocks, bass drum, snare drum, bongos, slide whistle, police whistle, gong, suspended cymbal, triangle, maracas, Audubon bird call
Player II: Vibraphone, wood blocks, field drum, slide whistle, police whistle, gong, suspended cymbal, tambourine, auto brake drums, 3x5 box, Audubon bird call
Player III: Xylophone, timpani(3), roto-toms(4), slide whistle, police whistle, gong, suspended cymbal, crotales, maracas, tambourine, Audubon bird call
Player IV: Orchestra bells, temple blocks(5), tenor drum, timbales, snare drums(2), slide whistle, suspended cymbal, wood wind chimes, sleigh bells, Audubon bird call
Player V: Chimes, temple blocks(5), bass drum, tom-tom, snare drum, slide whistle, police whistle, Audubon bird call, suspended cymbal, triangle, ratchet, sandpaper blocks, cow bells(3), chocalho, anvil

Program Notes


Five players are required for this interesting ensemble, with each player using at least a dozen instruments. It appears that this work was designed to be used as a percussion demonstration piece for young people. (There is a direction in the score for starting the piece, "audience at a youth concert yells "start!", percussion yells "O.K.") However, the piece would not necessarily be limited to that format. Sections of the work feature different percussion instrument groupings, i.e., mallet keyboards, membranes, non-pitched wooden and metallic instruments. This is a fast-paced, wild, fun piece, with theatrical elements thrown in. - Al Payson, Fall 1978[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Double Solo, op.26 - Multiple Percussion; Clarinet
Duo for Alto-sax. and Percussion, op.71 - Multiple Percussion; Alto Saxophone
Duo for Baritone-saxophone and Percussion, op. 89 - Multiple Percussion; Baritone Saxophone
Holiday for Percussion, op.51 - Percussion Quintet
Music for Three, op.33 - Percussion Duo; Amplified Bass Flute
Playphony, op.56 - Multiple Percussion; Alto Saxophone
Poikilos, op.32 - Percussion Duo; Alto Flute
Tubacussion, op.62 - Multiple Percussion; Tuba Quartet

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