Galactic Novae, op.136

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Gardner Read

General Info

Year: 1977
Duration: c. 13:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Media
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Multiple Percussion

Program Notes

dedication: to Leonard Raver; premiere: 12 March 1981, Alice Tully Hall, New York City, L. Raver, organ, Gordon Gottlieb, perc.


Galactic Novae is a duo for organ and one multiple percussionist who performs on a variety of metallic instruments including glock, vibraphone, chimes, a one-octave set of crotales and six resonating instruments including timpani, gong, two cymbals, triangle, and both glass and metal wind chimes. The instrument requirements are indicated by drawings, and the mallet and stick requirements are clearly marked. A vast array of colors are produced via rubber mallets (soft, medium and hard), yarn mallets (soft and hard), tam-tam beaters (soft and hard), ngers, triangle beaters, knitting needles, chime hammers, wire brushes, snare sticks and bass bow. The work is approximately 13 minutes in length and is free in nature, with all measures indicated by time spacings or number of seconds. There are specific note requirements as well as episodes that include improvisation. Each performer plays from a score, and the notes are relatively large and easy to read. This work is not difficult technically, and the instrument and color combinations create a freshness that should interest other composers. - George Frock[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Diabolic Dialogue for Bass and Timpani, op.137 - Timpani, Double Bass
Galactic Novae, op.136 - Multiple Percussion, Organ
Los Dioses Aztecas, op.107 - Percussion Sextet
Sonoric Fantasia No. 4, op.133 - Multiple Percussion, Organ

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