Tree Frog

1990, 25'

Instrumentation:

Bass Clarinet in B-flat
Baritone Saxophone in E-flat (w/low A)
Trombone
Percussion
            Bass drum
            Brake drum
            Marimba
            2 small pitched gongs
            Woodblock
Keyboard
Violin

Performance notes:

All instruments amplified and balanced
Keyboard requires 4 sounds, these can be chosen by the performer.  The following is a description of each, along with a General MIDI patch number that resembles what I have in mind:
            1) new age, earnest, sustained but translucent (GM 93)
            2) simple and direct, electric piano (GM5)
            3) organ, Hammond B3 (GM 18)
            4) acoustic piano (can be played on an actual piano!) (GM1)
Violin can use a harmonizer tuned to a perfect fifth for awkward double-stops.

Tree Frog is dedicated to my teacher, I Wayan Loceng.  It is loosely based on Taru Mentik (“Sapling”) and Katak Ngonkek (“Croaking Frog”), the first two sections of the Sukawati Pemungkah (overture to the shadow play).  Tree Frog was written for Sound Pressure, who gave the first performance on May 19, 1990 at the Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada.  A revised version was premiered by my own ensemble on March 16, 1992 at Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  This version has been re-notated with minor improvements in 2007.

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