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General Info

Year: 2016 / 2018
Duration: c. 15:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Percussion quartet and chamber instruments
Publisher: Blue Dot Composer Collective
Cost: Score and Parts – Rental ($450-$560)   |   Score Only (print) - $85.00


Movements (may be played without pause)

1. Hydro – 4:15
2. Wind – 6:05
3. Solar – 5:00


Instrumentation

(Wind instrumentation desired)

Percussion Quartet, including:

  • Aerosol Cans (4)
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam Tam
  • Triangle
  • Wine Glasses, tuned (8)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

I have tremendous respect for the renewable energy initiatives and the commitment to creating a new, better reality for us all. Re(new)al is a percussion quartet concerto that is similarly devoted to finding unexpected ways to breathe new life into traditional ideas, and the solo quartet therefore performs on several “found” instruments. And while the piece also features more traditional instruments, such as snare drum and vibraphone, I looked for ways to either alter their sounds or find new ways to play them. For instance, certain notes of the vibraphone are prepared with aluminum foil to recreate sounds found in electronic music. The entire piece was conceived this way, and it was a blast to discover all of these unique sounds with the members of Sandbox Percussion.

Cooperation and synergy are also core themes of the piece, as I believe we all have to work together to move forward. All of the music played by the solo quartet is comprised of single musical ideas that are evenly distributed between the four soloists (for those interested, the fancy musical term for this is a hocket). The music would therefore be dysfunctional without the presence and dedication of all four members.

Re(new)al is constructed of three continuous movements, each inspired by the transcendent power of hydro, wind, and solar energies. The original chamber work was commissioned for the 2017 American Music Festival by David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony in partnership with GE Renewable Energy, and is dedicated to Sandbox Percussion.

- Program Note by composer


The Hydro movement transforms tuned crystal glasses into ringing hand bells as the wind ensemble slowly submerges the soloists in their sound. The second movement turns each member of the quartet into a blade of a dizzying wind turbine, playing '90s-inspired drum and bass patterns over a bass line that quotes and expands upon a few bars from one of the composer's favorite drum and bass tracks by DJ Hype. The closing movement simulates a sunrise and evokes the brilliance of sunlight with metallic percussion instruments.

- Program Note from The Horizon Leans Forward...


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Syzygy (Flex instrumentation) (2019/2020)


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Cuong, V. (2019). Re(new)al: Percussion Quartet Concerto: Wind Ensemble Version [score]. Viet Cong: [United States].
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 304.
  • Viet Cuong website Accessed 12 December 2018