Etude for a Quiet Hall

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Christopher Deane

General Info

Year: 1982
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Christopher Deane, distributed by Innovative Percussion
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Program Notes

Christopher Deane is associate ­­­professor in percussion at the University of North Texas. Prior to his appointment with UNT, he was the principal timpanist of the Greensboro Symphony for nine years and a regular performer as both percussionist and timpanist with the North Carolina Symphony for ten years. Deane's Etude for a Quiet Hall won the 1st prize in the 1982 PAS Composition Competition. The piece is a study in space and time and explores the use of silence, sustain, and soft dynamic ranges, as well as the technical capabilities of the performer. The collections of emotional themes found in the piece are presented in ABA form. The more subdued outer sections of the piece contain a variety of characters created by the sustaining of a soft single note played against moving lines in counterpoint. The outer sections encompass a virtuosic, almost rhapsodic, fast-moving middle section, which contrasts and complements the others brilliantly, eventually leaving the listener with a final profound feeling of contentment. [1]


"Christopher Deane's Etude for a Quiet Hall was the 1st prize recipient of the 1982 PAS Composition Competition. Written for solo, unaccompanied marimba, this work uses subtly advanced, four-mallet technique throughout an extended slow introduction. The second section is more linear (melodically) with perpetual arpeggia-like figures. Suggested stickings are clearly marked. The only critical suggestion to this ABA structural work is to have occasional tempo markings - there are none. This four-page solo is printed on oversized 11" x 17" sheets which are not bound. This easily accommodates noiseless transitions from one page to another. Etude for a Quiet Hall is dedicated to J. Massie Johnson and is an effective addition to the advanced solo marimba repertoire." - James Lambert Percussive Notes, October 1983[2]



1st prize in the 1982 PAS Composition Competition

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Dis Qui EtudeVibraphone
Etude for a Quiet HallMarimba
In the Sea of Clouds – Marimba
Mourning Dove Sonnet – Vibraphone
Prelude ITimpani
Scavenger MusicPercussion Quintet
Sea of Clouds – Marimba
The Apocryphal Still Life – Vibraphone
The Manes ScrollPercussion (10)
The Process of Invention – Marimba
Three Shells – Marimba
Vespertine FormationsPercussion Quartet - Marimba Quartet

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