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Pulau Dewata (arr. Myers)

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Claude Vivier

Claude Vivier (arr. Jeff Myers)

General Info

Year: 1977 / 2009
Duration: c. 12:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jeff Myers
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact arranger


Full Score
Percussion I-VI (6 players), including:

  • Almglocken
  • Bell Plate
  • Chimes (2 sets)
  • Congas (3: low, medium and high)
  • Crotales (lower octave only)
  • Glockenspiels (2 sets)
  • Marimba
  • Nipple Gongs (full chromatic octave from C4-C5; extended range optional (low C3))
  • Shakers (5: 2 high, 2 medium and 1 low)
  • Snare Drum
  • Steel Drum (soprano)
  • Tam-tams (2: medium-large and large)
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (3: high, medium and low)
  • Timbales (2)
  • Vibraphones (2; both with motor)
  • Wood Block (high)
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A stay in Bali in 1976 marked a turning point in Claude Vivier's career. Most of the subsequent works were to show the influence of the atmosphere of this Pacific island, whose inhabitants call it the "Island of the Gods," or Pulau Dewata. Vivier said of this piece, "I wanted to write...a piece imbued with the spirit of Bali: its dances, its rhythms and, above all, an explosion of life, simple and candid." The original score does not indicate any instrumentation, rather, it is left to the performers to decide.

This orchestration draws on the sounds of the Indonesian Gamelan, using a small percussion orchestra, including gongs, mallets and drums, to signify the Balinesian spirit to which Vivier alluded. It was commissioned by Jeffrey Milarsky for the Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble in 2009.

- Program Note by arranger


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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