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Headbanger

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Matthew Hindson

Matthew Hindson (arr. Phillip Littlemore)


General Info

Year: 2001 / 2006
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Faber Music Ltd.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-X
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • c.bell (2)
  • Drum Set
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Headbanger is a short five-minute orchestral fanfare that was commissioned by Symphony Australia. The term "headbanger" usually describes an adherent of heavy metal music, and seems to come from the motion of severe head-shaking employed by audience members at heavy metal concerts.

It is unlikely that many of the audience members will be induced to bang their heads upon hearing this piece. However, they may be able to hear some musical gestures that could be associated with heavy metal or rock music – such as an often-'heavy' bassline based around a repeated drone note, many bass-drum figures, generally loud dynamic levels, and quite aggressive rhythmic motives. Headbanger is not at all entirely a piece of heavy metal popular music. It also displays a number of quieter sections, including a passage for three clarinets utilizing slow glissandos.

- Program Note by composer for orchestral version


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Tasmania (Australia) Wind Ensemble (Sean Priest, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Birmingham (England) Conservatoire Wind Orchestra ( Kevin Field, conductor) - 21 November 2014 *Wind Arrangement Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer


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