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Simon Holt

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chester
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Multiple Percussion: tam tam, axatse(3), Chinese cymbal, Burmese gongs(9), vibraphone, glockenspiel, temple blocks(2), frame drum, log drums(2), bass drum with pedal, talking drum, crotales(2)


Program Notes

A significant amount of Holt's output is scored for chamber ensemble, often reflecting his interest in the visual arts and literature. The Banshee, according to legend is 'less a shape than a mournful screaming that haunts the Irish night and the Scottish Highlands. Beneath the window of the visited house, she foretells the death of one of the family. Banshee was commissioned by Melinda Maxwell and is dedicated to her and Richard Benjafield, the percussionist at the first performance.

commission: Melinda Maxwell; dedication: for Melinda Maxwell & Richard Benjafield; premiere: 20 June 1994, London, England, M. Maxwell, oboe, R. Benjefield, percussion



Commercial Discography

Ensemble new noise (Janey Miller, oboe; Joby Burgess, percussion)
NNL Records - NNL1

Melinda Maxwell, oboe
NMC: D042S

Recent Performances

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

a table of noises - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
Banshee - Multiple Percussion; Oboe

Additional Resources