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Novelty Ensemble - Head Talk Composed by Mark Ford
Instrumentation: Coated PTS pretuned heads(10"bright, 22"bass drum, 10"dark, 12"mellow, 14"mellow, 16"dark), bottom snare drum heads(14", 15"), 5 sets of paper heads(14", 15"), bongo heads(6", 8") 14" coated head, pinstripe heads(10", 14", 16")
Mark Ford's Head Talk provides the percussion quintet with a dose of sophisticated comic relief. The equipment necessary is somewhat unusual: six pretuned heads--ranging in size from a 10 to a 22; a used 14 snare head; two bongo heads; one 14 coated head; two Pinstripe heads; and five performer-prepared papered-heads for the surprise ending (each performer smashing the drumhead over the head of the drummer!). The five performers must have or develop a controlled sense of humor and must theatrically play off each other. The performers sit on the stage in a semi-circle, and Head Talk starts with the pretuned heads being twirled on stage. The opening rhythmic motive has a definitive rock-samba groove to it, and each performer ends up imitating the opening motive. The composition lasts about nine minutes. From having taught this composition and having observed it being performed, one of the primary benefits of its preparation is the individual and collective sense of timing that Head Talk requires. Similar to the timing necessary in a superb marching percussion section, Head Talk locks in this concept and stimulates the ensemble to truly transfer this educational idea in a variety of other musical settings. This composition must be memorized for an effective theatrical performance (it should look improvised). From the audience's perspective, Head Talk is thoroughly entertaining. Ford furnishes detailed performer notes that enhance the performance of this work immensely. Head Talk has been successfully performed at a variety of PAS Festivals such as PASIC '94 in Columbus, at PAS-Brazil, also at the recent MidWest clinic, and at Ford's home university, East Carolina. It is appropriate for the solid college percussion ensemble. - Jim Lambert Percussive Notes, April 1996
Novelty Ensemble - Heads Up! Composed by Mark Ford
Instrumentation: 5 timpani or bass drum heads (32" to 20"), 3 frame drums (small, medium, large), bottom snare head, police whistle with neck strap, bass drum or timpani head with the plastic cut out of the center Program Notes: Heads Up! is a companion piece for my earlier composition Head Talk (1987). This new composition is an excursion into further possibilities of a five-member percussion ensemble with only standard drum heads. The Heads Up! ensemble is required to perform primarily on timpani heads (or bass drum heads) and frame drums as they move around the stage. My sincere appreciation to Mr. Ju and the Ju Percussion Group from Taipei, Taiwan who commissioned Heads Up! Mr Ju's invitation and the many ensembles and audiences around the world who have enjoyed Head Talk made me realize that there was still a little fun left in drum heads!
"Heads Up!" was commissioned by the Ju Percussion Group from Taiwan, who performed it at PASIC 2003. As Ford describes in his prefatory remarks: "Heads Up! is a companion piece for my earlier composition Head Talk (1987). This new composition is an excursion into the further possibilities of a five-member percussion ensemble with only standard drum heads. The Heads Up! ensemble is required to perform primarily on timpani heads (or bass drum heads) and frame drums as they move around the stage." The percussion quintet is challenged to perform this theatrical composition in such a whimsical fashion as to evoke the unexpected from the audience acquainted with "Head Talk." Instead of the performers sitting, they stand and move with careful choreographed movements, with occasional kneeling performance instructions. The drumheads and associated equipment needed include five timpani or bass drum heads (graduated in sizes from 20" to 32" diameter), three frame drums, one bottom (snare) head, one police whistle, and one bass drum or timpani head with the plastic cut out so that the performer can make a "paper head" that is broken at the end of the composition. Specific instructions are clearly articulated by Ford in the preface. "Heads Up!" is certain to capture the whimsy of the mature percussion quintet. It is sophisticated, yet very entertaining for both performers and audience. â€” Jim Lambert Percussive Notes, April 2004
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