You're Looking a Little Pail

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Michael Ross

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I - IV: five-gallon plastic pails

Program Notes


As one might guess, "You're Looking a Little Pail" involves the use of buckets or pails as percussion instruments. This intermediate quartet requires percussionists to utilize five-gallon plastic pails. Ross's compositional intent was to mimic music heard by "pail" players on the streets of New York City. The four percussionists play on the edge, middle and rim of the pails with sticks. Additionally, they employ stick clicks as well as lifting one side of the pails off the floor for more resonance. The work is relatively short in length, but can be extended by each player in the solo section at letter F. Ross also suggests other performance effects such as black lighting against performers' white pails and white sticks. "You're Looking a Little Pail" is a wonderful piece to showcase the five gallon pail; it is definitely a "crowd pleaser." - Lisa Rogers[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

You're Looking a Little Pail - Percussion Quartet - Buckets

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