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Scored for as few as three marimbas (Splendid Wood) or as many as a hundred percussion instruments plus celesta, harp and piano (Grand Concerto), these five striking works by contemporary American composers abound in fascinating rhythms, ingenious combinations and juxtapositions of unusual instruments.
Joan Tower: DNA
Felicia Sandler: Pulling Radishes
Jennifer Higdon: Splendid Wood
Robert Xavier Rodriguez: El dia de los Muertos
El dia de los Muertos
Gunther Schuller: Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards
I. Slow accelerating to fast
III. Fast, a Scherzo
IV. Introduction (cadenza-like) - Allegro (Perpetuum Mobile)