Players: (1) 4 pitched resonant objects, 1 high-pitched non-resonant metal, 1 low-pitched non-resonant non-metal
(written for 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.
Written with portable percussion instruments in mind, the instrumentation of this piece is: 4 resonant pitched metal objects (4 unique pitches, but the pitches themselves are unspecified); 1 non-resonant, high pitched, metal object; 1 non-resonant, low pitched, non-metal object
In the opening motif, the right-hand plays all of the notes. The left hand then joins by playing the same motif as the right hand – only delayed by a sixteenth note. This piece is structured around the performer playing in phase with themselves with the patterns passing between pitched and un-pitched collections of instruments.
The name “Glass Tiger” stems from this piece’s relationship to another composition by Clark Hubbard – “Panthers”. Both pieces feature very drummy/groove oriented melodies that walk the line between beautiful and aggressive. “Glass Tiger” was written without “Panthers” in mind, but after completing “Glass Tiger” it was easy to see their relationship.
The performer should feel free to choose any 4 pitches for their objects. Different collections of pitches will drastically change the emotional context of this piece and the performer is encouraged to explore those options. While this piece was composed for “instruments that would fit in a backpack,” the variable nature of this piece could result in performances small woodblocks and desk bells or large tom-toms and chimes.