Quattro Pezzi, op.92

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Bertold Hummel

General Info

Year: 1990
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Zimmermann
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Multiple Percussion: vibraphone, snare drum, bongos, tom-toms(2), bass drum, tambourine, wood blocks(5), log drums(5), temple blocks(5), cymbals(5), crotales(2), gong, cow bells(2), triangle, gong, tam tam

Program Notes

premiere: 1991, Weilburg, Germany, Peter Sadlo, soloist


The four "pezzi" that comprise this tightly-written and well-planned work for solo multi-percussionist explore the tonal possibilities of a large assortment of instruments, while using the vibraphone as a focal point. In the "Prolog," metallic timbres contributed by crotales, triangle, sizzle cymbal, gong and tam-tam produce a rich amalgam of sound, especially when wedded to the sonority of the vibraphone. The second movement introduces membranophones and wood timbres, with the vibe contributing solo passages and an insistent ostinato pattern. The composer describes the third movement, a vibe solo with subtle embellishments on metallic percussion and vibraslap, as "a fantasy based on a sarabande rhythm." The last movement, appropriately titled "Vivace," uses a multi-metric scheme and rapid tempi, especially in the final section (quarter note = 152), ending the work on a virtuosic note. Hummel's style is eclectic, using everything from chromaticism and passages relying on whole-tone patterns, to seventh chords that impart a distinct jazz flavoring. The thirty-three individual instruments that must be huddled in proximity to the vibraphone will require an ingenious setup. However, the college percussionist who solves that challenge will reap the benefits offered by this excellent work. - John R. Raush, April 1996[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

"in honorem..." op.98a - Multiple Percussion; Organ
5 Aspekte, op.88d - Percussion Trio
8 Klangbilder, op.99a - Multiple Percussion
Due á Due, op.88a - Multiple Percussion; Saxophone
Duettino für Vibrafon und Klavier, op.82b - Vibraphone; Piano
Fresken 70 für Schlagzeugquartett, op.38 - Percussion Quartet
Fünf Anrufungen, op.81b - Multiple Percussion
Fünf Szenen für zwei Schlagzeuger, op.58 - Percussion Duo - 2 Vibraphones, 2 Marimba
Ikonen, op.57a - Vibraphone
In Memoriam, op.74 - Multiple Percussion; Organ
Konzertante Musik, op.86 - Vibraphone/Marimba; Orchestra
Ludi A Tre, op.29 - Multiple Percussion; Oboe; Piano
Marimbana, op.95d - Marimba
Pentafonia, op.53a&b - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
Quattro Pezzi, op.92 - Multiple Percussion
Schlagzeugkonzert (Percussion Concerto), op.70 - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
Tempo Di Valse, op.76c - Vibraphone
Trio für Trompete, Schlagzeug und Klavier, op.82a - Multiple Percussion; Trumpet; Piano
Widmung für Peter Sadlo, op.87g - Multiple Percussion

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