A Man With a Gun Lives Here

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Steven Snowden

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Talking Rocks Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $44.00   |   Score Only - $0.00


1. Be Prepared to Defend Yourself
2. There are Thieves About
3. A Man With A Gun Lives Here


Player I:
Player II:
Player III:

Program Notes

Most prevalent during the Great Depression, hobos were nomads who roamed the United States taking work wherever they could. In their extensive travels, hobos learned to leave notes for each other, giving information about places to camp, where to find a meal, or dangers that lay ahead. This unique Hobo Code was known to the brotherhood of freight train riders and used by all to keep the community of traveling workers safe, fed and in work.

Each movement of this piece is based on one of these symbols and, just like those resourceful hobos, makes use of very limited materials. All activity is centered on a single bass drum. Other items utilized include steel plates, rubber balls, and a paper bag containing loose buckshot.[1]




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