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Hummingbird by Stephen Rush

Model # 10600 By: C. Alan Publications
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  • Overview

    • For 6 Players
    • Based on Concept of Hummingbird
    • Difficulty: Medium +
    • 16th Note Runs
    • Constant Movement
  • Item Details

    Hummingbird by Stephen Rush is based on the animal itself, so you can expect a piece that's constantly in motion! It's a percussion challenging 6 player percussion ensemble that features triplets, a lot of brake drum action and quite a few runs for all players involved.

    Difficulty: Medium+

    Instrumentation:

    • Percussion 1: Bass Drum, Medium Gong, Wind Chimes, Brake Drums (2)
    • Percussion 2: Brake Drums (2), Marimba, Temple Blocks, Snare Drum
    • Percussion 3: Snare Drum, Marimba
    • Percussion 4: Snare Drum, Vibraphone
    • Percussion 5: Concert Toms (4), Snare Drum, Bongos
    • Percussion 6: Snare Drum, Sizzle Cymbal, Brake Drums (2), Crotales, Suspended Cymbal

    From the composer

    Hummingbird was written between Fall 2003 and Winter 2004, for choreographer Sandra Torijano-DeYoung and conductor-percussionist Michael Gould. The work explored the resolve of Latin Americans to maintain their stamina against all odds, and having an incredible inner and outer strength, regardless of North American economic policies. Hummingbirds are extremely colorful, and yet are extremely tiny, reminding us of Pablo Neruda's comment about the Guatemalans, "They wear color on the outside to cover their sad bleakness within." The hummingbird is also the animal with the highest metabolism, and thus is capable of stasis by extremely rapid movement.

    Actually, the decision to make the work about hummingbirds came first, followed by the decision to make a work for percussion sextet. Once the topic was decided, however, the orchestration seemed obvious. In order to create sustained tones the percussionist must play many notes (a roll), not at all unlike the hummingbird staying stationary. In addition, I was interested in working with momentum/non-momentum in a piece for dance, which, in turn, created an interesting musical structure not unlike the Baroque Sonata da Chiesa (Slow-Fast-Slow-Fast). This structural approach resulted in Hummingbird, a difficult work filled with rhythmic activity and slow, sad moments of reflection.

  • Specifications

    Name Hummingbird by Stephen Rush
    Brand C. Alan Publications
    Model # 10600
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 87914 not found]
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    Duration13:10
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  • Returns & Shipping

    Returns

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    Shipping

    Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Everything is carefully packed by hand - we know just how delicate this stuff can be, and how important it is to you.

    We ship from centrally-located Dallas, Texas. Howdy y'all!

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