Frieze (Frazeur)

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Theodore Frazeur

General Info

Year: 1977
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PetersM
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



multi-percussion: crotales, marimba, vibraphone, suspended cymbal
Violin, (or tenor saxophone, or clarinet, or treble clef euphonium)

Program Notes

("Frieze" for violin and percussion is the third version of this work. It was orignally composed for tenor sax, and then adapted for B-flat clarinet.)


This composition can be performed by a percussionist paired with any of several other instruments. As published the work calls for tenor sex, treble clef baritone, or euphonium. A violin part somewhat different than that for the other two instruments can be obtained by writing directly to the composer. The percussionist's set-up is quite simple, consisting of marimba, one timpani, vibes, crotales, and suspended cymbal. FRIEZE is a complex and technically demanding work. It requires the skill and maturity of the college student and professional. Comparable demands are placed on the other instrumentalist. The work is carefully structured, with a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic materials. This balance is one of the things that sets this work apart from many multiple percussion compositions. A number of unusual devices are employed for both performers. These are explained on the score. The notation is traditional. Some quite unusual sounds the notated in a precise fashion. The sound possibilities of the marimba are thoroughly explored. This composition, the writer thinks will make a valuable contribution to the multiple percussion scene. In every aspect the work displays superb skill, and, after a year's perspective from initially performing it, the writer finds that it "wears" well. - Linda Pimentel[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Bosso Pequeno - Percussion Septet
Concerto for Bassoon and Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Sextet, Bassoon
Four Sea Fragments - Multiple Percussion, Clarinet
Frieze (Frazeur) - Multiple Percussion, Saxophone, Violin, Clarinet, or Euphonium
Green Hill - Percussion Quintet, Contrabass
Marumba for Marimba - Marimba, Piano
Mood Piece - Multiple Percussion
Rondo for Marimba and Piano - Marimba, Piano
Sonata for Solo Viola and Percussion Trio - Percussion Trio, Viola
Symphony: Four Precipitations - Percussion Ensemble
The Quiet Place - Marimba, Piano
Uhuru - Percussion Sextet

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