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Peter Meechan

Peter Meechan

Subtitle: For Percussion Soloist and Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Meechan Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $250.00   |   Score Only (print or digital) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Solo Percussion:

  • Bongos
  • Congas
  • Gongs (tuned; or Tubular Bells)
  • Marimba
  • Roto-Toms (4) (or Tom-Toms)
  • Suspended Cymbals (4)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Machines is a work for solo percussion and band written for, and dedicated to, soloist John R. Beck, Marquette Wind Ensemble, and their conductor, Dr. Erik Janners.

The title has several reference points. I think my fascination with percussion instruments has existed as long as I remember music being in my life. Perhaps the instrument that always captured my interest the most was the marimba (with which the soloist begins the work) -- such a variety of sounds, but to a young boy (and still to this old one!) the resonating tubes, and their similarity to exhaust pipes, always made me think that it could be part of the most beautiful sounding combustion engine!

And throughout writing the piece I couldn’t help thinking about the machines that we are surrounded by and the innovations they represent. Ever more thought is put into how to make our machines less environmentally impactful, and technology developments mean that machines are helping with healthcare, with communication, with learning. But this is balanced with the machines of our time -- those at work to destroy and to harm.

Machines seeks to represent the drive of innovation -- the positive momentum looking for a better world.

- Program Note by composer

For John R. Beck and Erik Janners.

- Program Note from score


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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