Percussionique
MICHAEL S. HORWOOD Percussionique TROY1122 - Price: $16.99
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Stunning sonorities abound in these works for percussion by the distinguished composer Michael Horwood.

This second recording on Albany Records of the music of the distinguished American-born Canadian composer Michael Horwood features his music for percussion. The inspiration for the series of Piece Percussioniques, as well as the impetus for composing for percussion ensemble, came from two influential sources for the teen-aged Horwood: the innovative programming of Lukas Foss during his tenure with the Buffalo Philharmonic and from Horwood's exposure to the music of Edgard Varèse. These works for percussion ensemble span Horwood's compositional career: Piece No. 1 was written when he was 17 and Piece No. 6 is his most recent and final composition.
Contents:
Michael S. Horwood, composer
Piece Percussionique No. 1
Toronto Percussion Ensemble, John Brownell, conductor

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Piece Percussionique No. 3
Toronto Percussion Ensemble, John Brownell, conductor

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Piece Percussionique No. 4
Toronto Percussion Ensemble, Gary Kulesha, conductor

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Dynamite
John Brownell, piano, David Campion, cymbals

Michael S. Horwood, composer
The Shadow of Your Drum
John Brownell, David Campion, percussion

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Piece Percussionique No. 5
John Brownell, Beverley Johnston, percussion

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Little Bow Piece
Toronto Percussion Ensemble, John Brownell, conductor

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Mathematics
Michael S. Horwood, percussion

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Fragments
Mark Duggan, marimba, Beverley Johnston, vibraphone

Michael S. Horwood, composer
Piece Percussionique No. 6 Requiem
Toronto Percussion Ensemble, Gary Kulesha, conductor

Review:
"Superbly performed by the Toronto Percussion Ensemble...In a noisy world we forget to listen truly: try letting Percussionique's sound world beguile you!" (thewholenote.com)

"Expertly performed by the Toronto Percussion Quartet...as well as a few extra players on the larger works,...the sound quality sparkles and reveals every nuance of music that evolves from early influences by the 1960s avant-garde to a more refined style in Horwood's later compositions." (Percussive Notes)
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