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Michael Colgrass Percussion Music 1951-1957 / Braun, Craig, DiSanza, Herron, Humphreys, Robinson

Album Summary

>Colgrass, Michael : Three Brothers, for percussion ensemble
>Colgrass, Michael : Percussion Music, for ensemble
>Colgrass, Michael : Chamber Piece, for Percussion Quintet
>Colgrass, Michael : Inventions on a Motive, for percussion ensemble
>Colgrass, Michael : Variations for 4 drums & viola
>Word, Spoken : Conversations with Michael Colgrass
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc of the percussion music of Michael Colgrass written between 1951 and 1957 includes conversations with the composer on each of the works.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Patrick Roulet leads the Towson State University Percussion Ensemble for Three Brothers and performs in all the other pieces; in accordance with Colgrass's wishes, he also used calfskin heads when possible (percussion instruments usually use plastic heads now), which result in a much richer, lyrical tone in the pieces. Roulet is also a passionate advocate for this music and a very persuasive interpreter.



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Works Details

>Colgrass, Michael : Three Brothers, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Patrick Roulet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1951

>Colgrass, Michael : Percussion Music, for ensemble
  • Performers: N. Robinson; Patrick Roulet; Michelle Humphreys (Temple Blocks)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1952

>Colgrass, Michael : Chamber Piece, for Percussion Quintet
  • Performers: Anthony Sanza (Xylophone); Anthony Sanza (Percussion); Anthony Sanza (Triangle); Roger Braun (Percussion); Roger Braun (Cymbals); Greg Herron (Drum); Greg Herron (Timpani); Greg Herron (Tamtam); Mark Craig (Finger Cymbals); Mark Craig (Tambourine); Patrick Roulet (Drums); Patrick Roulet (Tambourine)
  • Conductor: Mike Harrison
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1954

>Colgrass, Michael : Inventions on a Motive, for percussion ensemble
  • Performers: Anthony Sanza (Cymbals); Anthony Sanza (Percussion); Anthony Sanza (Timbales); Roger Braun (Bongos); Roger Braun (Percussion); Greg Herron (Timpani); Patrick Roulet (Wood Block); Patrick Roulet (Drums)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1955

>Colgrass, Michael : Variations for 4 drums & viola
  • Performers: Patrick Roulet (Drums); Megan Yanik (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1957

>Word, Spoken : Conversations with Michael Colgrass
  • Running Time: 31 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic