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Ostinato Pianissimo by Henry Cowell

Model # 144-40076 By: Theodore Presser Company
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  • Overview

    • 8 Players
    • Tough Xylophone Part
    • Tapestry of Rhythmic Ostinati
    • Extended Piano Techniques
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Duration: 3:15
  • Item Details

    Ostinato Pianissimo by Henry Cowell is one of the oldest works for percussion ensemble, highlighting sounds that were very new to audiences at the time of the composition.

    Scored for eight percussionists, this work revolves around the repetitive "ostinato". Each player has their own cyclical rhythms of varying lengths that work together to create a mosaic of rhythm around the group.

    Most of the parts are achievable by strong high school-level players, but the xylophone part should be reserved for a university student or professional - it features 16th note runs repeated three times, but each repetition changes the placement of accents within the phrase.

    This ensemble also contains piano parts with extended techniques, giving the work an otherworldly sound that audiences will love.


    • Player 1: Piano (Shared)
    • Player 2: Piano (Shared)
    • Player 3: Rice Bowls (8) or Other Bowls
    • Player 4: Xylophone
    • Player 5: Wood Blocks, Guiro, Tambourine*
    • Player 6: Bongos
    • Player 7: Drums (3)
    • Player 8: Pitched Gongs

    *Instructions say that "the tambourine's metal rattles must be removed". This can be done as written, or a similarly-sized frame drum can be substituted.

    Difficulty: Advanced

    Duration: 3:15

  • Specifications

    Name Ostinato Pianissimo by Henry Cowell
    Brand Theodore Presser Company
    Model # 144-40076
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 126641 not found]
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  • Returns & Shipping


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    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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