4/4 for Four

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Anthony Cirone

General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: c. 5:28
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: bongos
Player II: bass drum, timbales
Player III: tom-toms(3)
Player IV: timpani(4)

Program Notes

Anthony Cirone has served as percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony and Professor of Music at San Jose State University since 1965 and is currently head of percussion studies at The University of Indiana, Bloomington. Cirone is a prolific composer with over 60 published titles. One of his most famous works is 4/4 for Four, a dynamic conversation between 4 sets of percussion instruments. Principal rhythmic motives are stated in 4/4 time, but are often stated in hyper-meters over 2 or 3 bars. Cirone explores the numerous sonorities of the timpani, bongos, timbales and tom-toms, where the performers are asked to play rhythmic melodies as well as textural accompaniments. From his long association with orchestral music, Cirone often uses forms found in typical 18th and 19th century symphonic works. This work resembles a finale to a 19th century symphony, perhaps something from Tchaikovsky. Starting with an allegro maestoso, he then cadences and moves on with a presto and the coda is a presto vivo.



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

4/4 for Four - Percussion Quartet
4-Mallet Etudes for Marimba - Marimba
4-Mallet Marimba Solos - Marimba
4-Mallet Studies for Marimba, Volume VI - Marimba
A Little Song - Percussion Sextet
A Sacred Mass for Chorus and Percussion - Percussion Quartet; Chorus
Advanced Marimba Duets, Volume III - Marimba Duo
Assimilation - Percussion Sextet
Boom-Whap - Percussion Sextet
Cairo Suite - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Dichotomy - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Double Concerto for Two Percussion and Orchestra - Percussion Duo; Orchestra
Double Fanfare - Percussion Ensemble (12) - Harrison/Cirone
Drums Galore - Percussion Sextet
Finale - Percussion Sextet
Five Items for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble - Marimba; Percussion Quintet
Five Items for Soprano and Percussion - Percussion Quintet; voice
Four/Four for Four - Percussion Quartet
Fugue - Cirone - Percussion Quartet
Fugue for Percussion Sextet - Percussion Sextet
Gliding Along - Percussion Sextet
Japanese Impressions - Percussion Quintet
March Right In - Percussion Sextet
Nervous Notes - Percussion Sextet
NYSD: Orchestral Suite for Solo Snare Drum - Solo Percussion
Overture in Percussion - Percussion Quintet
Pentadic Striations - Percussion Quartet
Percussionality - Percussion Quintet
Processional - Percussion Sextet
Samba Classico - Percussion Quartet
Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Percussion - Percussion; Trumpet
Sonata No. 3 for Clarinet and Percussion - Percussion; Clarinet
Sonata No. 4 - Percussion; Violin; Piano
Sonata No.1 for Timpani and Piano - Timpani; Piano
Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Symphony No. 2 for Percussion - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Symphony No.3 (Sacred) - Percussion Sextet
Take Three - Percussion Trio
Three Phases - Percussion Quartet
Triptych - Percussion Quartet
Unaccompanied Solos for Marimba - Marimba

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