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A Table of Noises

Solo Percussion and Orchestra

By Simon Holt

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Orchestra, Percussion (Full Score)
Solo Percussion and Orchestra. Composed by Simon Holt (1958-). Music Sales America. Classical. Score. Composed 2011. 58 pages. Chester Music #CH73139. Published by Chester Music (HL.14041549).

Item Number: HL.14041549

ISBN 9781847724397. 12x16.75 inches.

Commissioned jointly for Colin Currie by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. First performance on 14th May 2008, at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, by Colin Currie (percussion) and the City ofBirmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins.


In table top, the unpitched solo percussion part in the 9th movement, the scoring was initially left open. The present full score showsa suggested instrumentation  which was devised by Colin Currie in conjunction with the composer. Soloists  should attempt to match the timbres used, but should not feel constrained by the  exact choice ofinstruments.


The percussion instruments used in a table of noises in some ways represent the odd things that were on my great uncle Ash's parlour table that fascinated me as a child. There is even abottle; there was always a milk bottle with the silver top pushed in surrounded by other essentials for his life. From birth he was quite severely handicapped in one of his legs and couldn't walk too far without his trusty crutch.He kept everything he needed within arm's length.

In the list of instruments for the solo part there's everything from deep log drum sounds to very high metallic chime sounds. Wood, glass, metal and a whistle. Mostlysmall-scale things with a large gong behind, used sparingly. I think that we managed to keep below 30 instruments in all, which I was keen to do. I didn't want scores of things that are only played once, they have to earn theirkeep. I didn't want to use a marimba but thought that trying to make the xylophone sound in a more expressive way would be more of a challenge. The percussionist sits for much of the time on a Cajon, a flamenco instrument which isessentially a wooden box. The player hits the front of the box in various ways, rather as you play a conga. There are guitar strings inside and bells to add to the overall colour.

I would like to thank Colin Currie for the.

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