The New York University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jonathan Haas, will the New York premiere of Elliott Carter’s Tintinnabulation at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre as part of its Masterworks concert series on Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. The Frederick Loewe Theatre is located at 35 West 4th Street (at Greene Street) [Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th St)]. The event is free and open to the public.
Originally commissioned by Frank Epstein and the New England Conservatory, Tintinnabulation is Carter’s first work for percussion ensemble alone and was inspired by his enthusiastic response to Gunther Schuller’s Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards. It is written for six percussionists playing a wide variety of non-pitched instruments that fit into the general categories of wood, metal, and skin. As is the case with his now famous Eight Pieces for Four Timpani, Carter is meticulous in his instructions of where to strike the instrument and what to strike it with.
ABOUT NYU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
The NYU Percussion Studio Ensemble, directed and conducted by Jonathan Haas, focuses its’ repertoire on the seminal works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Although a relatively new art form, the percussion ensemble repertoire spans nearly 100 years. From the powerful works of iconoclast Edgar Varese to his modern day counterpart, Frank Zappa, to the cutting edge compositional styles of (NYU composition and music technology faculty) Morton Subtonick, the NYU Percussion Studio Ensemble explores the entire range of styles and mediums.