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Knock on Wood

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Allan Blank

Allan Blank


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Subtitle: For 4 Players on 12 Wooden Instruments


General Info

Year: 1972 / 1974
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music for Percussion, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $6.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Instrument selection is the key to Knock on Wood. Twelve different wooden instruments are required for the execution of this ensemble work. Each player is responsible for three of the twelve instruments.

- Program Note from publisher


Allan Blank's aptly named Knock on Wood uses tuned pieces of wood struck by mallets. Blank's piece was unusual because it involved actual melodies, written up and down the staff like music for violins or pianos. Most percussion is untuned, and the notes and rests are written on a single line of the staff to indicate rhythms, pauses and entries without specifying pitch. When they deprive themselves of melody, percussion composers have to rely on the other elements of music -- contrasts of rhythm, texture and dynamics; contrasts of slow and fast movements; different kinds of strokes; dialogues between high and low voices, between the sounds of wood, metal and skin, or of skin drumheads with and without snares.

- Program Note The Washington Post


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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band Percussion Ensemble - 15 April 2021


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