Five Movements utilizes changing meters along with quick exchanges between players to showcase the diversity in a percussion ensemble. Also experience the slow second movement which shows off the expressive qualities of the instruments.
Genre: Percussion Quartet | # of Players: 4
Level: Medium | Duration: 19:00
Percussion 1 (4 timpani, marimba, sleighbells, mark tree)
Percussion 2 (xylophone, 3 triangles, maraca, vibra-slap, guiro, hi-hat, snare drum, field drum)
Percussion 3 (glockenspiel, chimes, claves, 4 tom-toms, bass drum)
Percussion 4 (vibraphone, woodblock, cowbell, 3 suspended cymbals, 3 tam-tams)
This is the third version of the work, originally titled Five Sketches. The first version, written in 1970–1, was written as a three-player work. The second version of 1973 was essentially a recasting for four players. In the third version, the second and third movements in particular have been rewritten extensively, and many aspects of the work have been clarified.
I. Preludio: many changing meters and polyrhythms
II. Notturno: slow tempo showing off the expressive qualities of the instruments
III. Interludio: transition to the next movement
IV. Diurno: changing complex meters with quick exchanges between players
V. Postludio: finale.