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Ionisation (Score Only) by Edgard Varese

Model # HL50481065 By: Ricordi
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  • Overview

    • For 13 Players, Historically Important
    • Written in Rhythmic Cells
    • Groovy and Dark
    • Goldenberg's Suggested Setup
    • Difficulty: Medium +
    • Duration: 6:30
  • Item Details

    Ionisation by Edgard Varese is considered one of the most historically important pieces ever written for percussion ensemble, and is most notable for being the first piece written for the genre. It has inspired generations of musicians, including eclectic art rock superstar Frank Zappa.

    Written for mostly non-pitched instruments, this piece sounded like nothing else before it. Rhythmic cells create moments of groove that constantly shift as new sounds enter and old sounds fade away. Certain moments even sound frightening.

    This edition includes Morris Goldenberg's original setup chart and diagrams as well as Nicolas Slonimsky's analysis of the piece.

    Difficulty: Medium +

    Duration: 6:30


    • Player 1:
      • Crash Cymbal, Deep Bass Drum
      • Small Tam-Tam, Muffled Cowbell
    • Player 2:
      • Gong, Small Tam-Tam
      • Large Tam-Tam, Muffled Cowbell
    • Player 3:
      • Bongos, Side Drum
      • Medium Bass Drum, Large Bass Drum (Both Horizontal)
    • Player 4:
      • Field Drum, Side Drum
    • Player 5:
      • Small Siren (or Theremin), Lion's Roar
    • Player 6:
      • Large Siren (or Theremin), Slapstick, Guiro
    • Player 7:
      • Wood Blocks (3), Claves, Triangle
    • Player 8:
      • Snare Drum, Maracas
    • Player 9:
      • Piccolo Snare Drum, Snare Drum
      • Suspended Cymbal
    • Player 10:
      • Cymbals, Sleigh Bells, Chimes
    • Player 11:
      • Guiro, Castanets
      • Pedal Glockenspiel (or Celeste)
    • Player 12:
      • Tambourine, Anvils (2)
      • Large Tam-Tam
    • Player 13:
      • Slapstick, Triangle
      • Sleigh Bells, Piano

    This book includes the score only, and does not include individual parts.

  • Specifications

    Name Ionisation (Score Only) by Edgard Varese
    Brand Ricordi
    Model # HL50481065
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 118921 not found]
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  • Returns & Shipping


    Because of copyright issues, we cannot accept returns on sheet music, books, audio CDs, and DVDs. Thanks for your understanding. Official Return Policy


    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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