for percussion quartet(2020)
|Premiere||October 18, 2020; virtual premiere by Sandbox Percussion|
|Instrumentation||- Each Player should have a set of three "instruments", which do not need to be traditional orchestral percussion instruments, or any traditional instrument at all. Any set of objects that creates an appealing sound when struck will suffice.|
- The objects within each set should have a general contour of low, medium, and high sounds. There should be no objects of definite pitch.
- The objects within each set of should consist of similar materials in order to create a uniform sound within itself. For example: 3 temple blocks, 3 empty bottles of different sizes, 3 tin cans of different sizes, etc.
- The objects within each set should have a relatively dry sound with a short decay when struck.
- Each player should also have one object that has a long, resonant decay when struck. This object should be of a different material than the players' respective sets.
Shifting Ground plays with the feeling of pulse, stability, and momentum. The driving force of each moment is eventually pulled out from under the listener’s feet, only to establish a new force that will inevitably be usurped.