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Impulse Control

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Evan Ziporyn

Evan Ziporyn

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Subtitle: Concerto for Drum Set and Winds

General Info

Year: 2019
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

More than an extremely efficient configuration, the drum set is the embodiment of time, groove and cycle -- three good things to center a piece of music around. In Impulse Control the soloist is backed by five fellow percussionists, whose parts are generated by his initial Big Bangs: doubling, echoing, replicating, transforming, gradually coalescing into more orderly solar systems of polyrhythmic harmonies, from which a heterophony of melodies emerge. The cycles begin to interrupt themselves, and eventually the interruptions themselves become the cycles.

Impulse Control is a companion piece to Mumbai, a tabla concerto I wrote for Sandeep Das in 2009, and which Dan Piccolo performed brilliantly for his doctoral recital in Ann Arbor in 2015. Dan is the real ‘impulse’ behind the piece; he is also ‘control,’ in all senses and meanings of the words. It was commissioned by the Bowling Green Festival of New Music, where Dan premiered the piece in October 2019.

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State Ratings

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  • Northern Illinois University (Dekalb) Wind Symphony II (Thomas Bough, conductor; Dan Piccolo, percussion) - 22 April 2021
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor; Ricardo Flores, percussion) – 26 February 2020
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Wind Symphony (Ken Thompson, conductor; Dan Piccolo, drum set) – 18 October 2019 *Premiere Performance*

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