Players: (1) 4 pitched resonant objects, 1 high-pitched non-resonant metal, 1 low-pitched non-resonant non-metal
(commissioned by Wes Fowler)
About “Glass Tiger”
“GLASS TIGER” is a multi-percussion solo commissioned by Wes Fowler and was premiered by him on September 14th, 2018.
“GLASS TIGER” was initially composed with the idea that all of the instruments used in the setup could fit in a backpack/suitcase, so that “GLASS TIGER” would be an easy piece to travel with. Since the specific instrumentation is left up to the performer, setups can range in size from small (ex. woodblocks + desk bells) to large (ex. tom-toms and tuned gongs)!
The opening motif is played by the right hand, which is then joined by the left hand playing the same motif – offset rhythmically by a 16th note. The entire piece is structured around the performer playing ‘in phase’ with themselves and the rhythmic patterns moving around the setup to create melodic structures and patterns.
“GLASS TIGER” is great for students familiar with multi-percussion music and looking to explore minimalist and pattern-based music.