CAGE/HARRISON JOHN/LOU - Double music
Effectif : 4 percussionnistes
Edition : Peters
Composition en 4 parties pour quatuor de percussions. – Les parties 1 et 3 sont de J. Cage ; les parties 2 et 4 sont de L. Harrison.
Double Music (1941), for four percussionists, was composed jointly by John Cage and Lou Harrison, each writing two of the four parts. The work’s rhythmic resources are narrow, consisting entirely of eighth notes grouped in twos and threes within a steady eighth-note pulse. The superimposition of two or three rhythmically active parts creates a kaleidoscope of minute shifts in accent, while the timbres of various instruments (water-buffalo bells, muted gongs, sleigh bells) lend the work the jangling, joyous air of a town celebration.