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Matthew Peterson

Thunderheads

for two percussionists


instrumentation

program note

two setups, each containing:

A thunderhead is a cumulonimbus cloud, a tall and dense formation that often brings heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

large bass drum large tam-tam four tom-toms (low to med. high)

instrument key

I conceived Thunderheads after receiving a letter from my friend Dave Greder, which he wrote during a fierce Iowa thunderstorm. I remembered some of the Great Plains thunderstorms I'd seen, and the grandeur of a thunderhead bearing down on the horizon like an anvil. Thunderheads is a fanfare. Two players with identical setups are separated in space and echo each other in canons and imitations. The effect suggests two great storm cells approaching from a great distance before colliding.

instructions

The title was not intended to be clever, but after finishing the piece I realized that the drum-heads will literally thunder.

beaters beaters are only suggested, with the assumption that beater selection is better left to the musicians

acknowledgements

laissez vibrer sempre

Thunderheads is dedicated to Jonathan Hess and Dave Hagedorn, with thanks for their dedication to many kinds of new music and for their superb music-making.

always let vibrate unless otherwise indicated setup instrument setups used should mirror one another as much as possible in tone, timbre, and appearance stereophonic effects the work is designed for the players to play from opposite ends of the stage (or from opposing balconies, etc.) to create a stereo effect - setups should face one another in "mirrored" fashion "waves technique" the waves technique - pioneered by Per Nørgürd in Waves (1969) - is a gradual displacement of stress from one note in a repeated pattern to another, so that the listener experiences a multivalent pulse where the "beat" is constantly changing (see mm. 40-60, 70-81)

contact Matthew Peterson, composer matthewkennethpeterson@gmail.com http://www.matthew-peterson.com


Thunderheads

duration c. 3'

for two percussionists

q = 120

drum, heavy dark beater   bass   percussion 1     ppp 

7

1

2

  

    13

1

2

 

pp

 

2

 

25

1

2

  

p

    

 

p

 

 

31

1

 

   

mp

2

mf

mp

  

mf

p

  

mf

mf

fp

 

   

f

mf

   

fp

 

p

 

 

 

pp

p

  

pp

mp

pp

 

p

 

 

 

  

 

with tam-tam, heavy dark beater

 

  

ppp

  p

19

1

  

pp

with tam-tam, heavy dark beater

  

ppp

 

pp

bass drum, heavy dark beater

  

   ppp 

 percussion 2    

Matthew Peterson (2011)

p

 

 

mp

 

 

 

  f

Copyright © 2011 Matthew Peterson (ASCAP), all rights reserved http://www.matthew-peterson.com

f

 

fp

mp

   

fp

f


 

 

36

1

f

 2    

40

1

2

2

 

fp

 

 f

 

 

fp

 

 

f fp

ff

 

f

fp

 

fp

ff

ff

(l.v.)

    

fp

(l.v.)

ff

tom-toms, hard felt mallets 1 "waves technique"

           

1 pp

tom-toms, hard felt mallets 2 "waves technique"

 

2 pp

3              sim.

3

4             4

3                                 

48

1

fp

 44

1

 

 

1

1 p

3.

        2                 2  2 p

1.                                                   

52

1

1 mf

4                                     2  4

    3                                             

56

1

3

4                                             2  2

2 mf

4

3


59

1

2

 

63

1

2

 

                        

mf

pp cresc. poco a poco

                                                                pp cresc. poco a poco

                                                                ff

                                                                ff

67

1

(B.D.)         (Tam)                                       ffp

2

 

ff (Tam)

ffp

ff

                                    (B.D.)

ffp

ff

ffp

ff

ffp

71

1

                                   p

2

ff

p

ff

                                                    ff

p

ff

p

ff

 

75

1

2

   

 

pp sub.

ff

pp sub.

ff

                                    

                      

                    

78

1

fp

   2          mf

mf

p sub. fp

                       

mf p sub.fp

fp

f

4

f

 f



ffp

f


82

1

2

 

   ff

87

1

2

  

ffp



ff









   

ff

 

ffp

ffp

ff





ff



ff

       

       ff

 

ff

ffp



ff





 



                     

           2 

p sub

fff

p sub.

fff

5

fffp

fffp

ffp

ffp



ff

    

ffff

ffff

ffp

   

 

90

1

  

ff

     

   

ffp

ff

       

 







 (l.v.)      (l.v.)    

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Thunderheads (for percussion duo)