Night of the Bocor

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Owen Clark

General Info

Year: 1971
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Clark
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I - VI: vibraphones(2), log drum, tom-toms(7), maracas, high & low bar chimes, rainstick, temple gong, tam tams(2), bass drum, castanets, woodblocks(6), windchimes(6 various types), suspended cymbals(5-9), congas(2), bongos, claves, styro-foam block, cricket calls(2)

with soprano/ actress
male or female narrator

Program Notes

commission: McGill University Percussion Ensemble; premiere: Spring 1971, McGill University, Montreal, Sharry Flett, soprano, Pierre BΘluse, conductor


Composed for six percussionists, male narrator and female voice this work is inspired by the Voodoo religions' belief that the evil sorcerers (Bocors) have the power to raise the dead. Instrumentation and staging directions allow for dramatic intensity to be achieved in performance. Graphic and conventional notations are both used in this fine new work of 13 to 15 minutes duration. - Staff (Winter 1972)[1]



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