Missy Mazzoli: Volume (for steel drum and vibraphone)

2Perc (Steel Drum, Vibraphone, 2 Kick Drums, 5 Glass Bottles Of Water)

Sale price$17.00

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    Missy Mazzoli
  • Publisher
    G Schirmer Inc
  • Arrangement
    Percussion/Ensemble (PERC/ENS)
  • Format
    Score and Parts
  • Genre
    20th Century


For two percussionists. Volume was inspired both by the inventiveness of the musicians of Trinidad and by the badass playing of percussionists James Deitz and Joshua Quillen. Drumming was banned in Trinidad in the late 19th century, since it was used as a form of communication between slaves. Enslaved musicians were forced to improvise, using whatever materials they could find to construct instruments. Prototypes of the steel pan were made of biscuit tins, paint cans and oil drums, and bottles were struck with spoons to provide a high percussive accompaniment. Volume is a raucous work and joyful work, an homage to the steel pan tradition and the spirit of innovative music making. — Missy Mazzoli

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