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One last bar then Joe can sing

One last bar then Joe can sing

A Homage to Deagan for percussion ensemble


  • Instrumentation: percussion-Quintett
  • Edition: score and parts
  • Order No.: ED 12585
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Description
One Last Bar Then Joe Can Sing (1994) was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the percussion quintet Nexus, and is a reflection on aspects of percussion history, both personal and musical. The members of Nexus are my friends (I played in the Steve Reich Ensemble along with Russ Hartenberger in 1972, the year after Nexus was formed). The piece aimed to demonstrate how a fine percussion ensmeble can be as musically expressive and subtle as, say, a string quartet. The piece starts from the last bar at the end of the second act of my opera Medea, a very short coda for a quintet of untuned percussion instruments during which the curtain falls. In this piece, however, this one apparently innocuous measure is progressively fragmented until it is taken over, little by little, by the addition of tuned percussion instruments. Eventually two metallophones (crotales and songbells) play aria-like material with bows, occasionally joined by the xylophone, and accompanied by marimba and xylophone ostinati. The piece ends with a coda in which phrases are passed from bowed vibraphone to bowed crotales, then to bowed songbells, supported by tremolos on the marimbas. The rare 3-octave songbells that Nexus owns is one of the American instrument maker J. C. Deagan's particularly fine instruments. The piece is effectively a kind of homage to Deagan, the Stradivarius of the tuned percussion world, who collaborated closely with Percy Grainger in the development of tuned percussion music between the wars. The allusions in the title are obvious: the "one last bar" is the last measure of music from my opera; the "song" is that of Deagan's songbells. In the case of "Joe" I wanted to link my father, Joe Bryars (who was a good amateur baritone singer) with Joseph Deagan and his songbells. However, some time after I had written the piece, Nexus's Bob Becker took me to one side and told me (gently) that the initial "J" in Deagan's name, in fact, stood for "John" Gavin Bryars
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Nexus with funds provided by The Arts Council of England for the 1994 Nexus Contemporary Music Network Tour
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-1814-2
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 10. November 1994 London, Queen Elizabeth Hall (UK) · Nexus
Year of composition: 1994
instrumentation: Percussion 1: Crotales (with bow), Chocolo, Mark Tree; Percussion 2I: Song Bells (with bow), Chinese Cymbal, 3 Wood Blocks; Percussion 3: 2 Cymbals, 2 Triangles, Xylophone, Marimba (shared with Marimba II), Vibraphone (with bow); Percussion 4: 2 Cymbals, 2 Gongs, Marimba I (with low F), Maracas; Percussion 5: 2 low Tom-Toms, Marimba II (to low A)
page number: 60
Performances
2019-12-19 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus | Revival
2019-05-26 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-05-25 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-05-24 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-05-23 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-02-02 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-02-01 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-01-31 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-01-30 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-19 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-18 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-17 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-16 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-15 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15 | Revival
2018-07-08 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-07-07 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-07-06 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-05-13 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 19:00
2018-05-12 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-05-11 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-05-10 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-05-09 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-04-30 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-04-29 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 19:15
2018-04-28 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-04-27 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-03-25 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 19:30
2018-03-24 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-03-23 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-03-22 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-03-21 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Michael Linville
Orchestra: Heartbreakers
2015-02-14 | Florida (United States of America), New World Center — 19:30
2013-05-18 | Canberra (Australia), Albert Hall — 13:00
2011-11-13 | München (Germany), Münchner Künstlerhaus, Festsaal — 11.00 h
Conductor: Valeriy Platonov
Orchestra: Orchestra of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre
2011-04-24 | Perm (Russia), Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre — 12 performances
Orchestra: Alter Ego & Ars Lundi
2007-10-31 | Roma (Italy), Parco della Musica, Teatro Studio — 21.00 h
2006-04-02 | Stuttgart (Germany), Altes Schloss, Weißer Saal — 16.00 Uhr
2005-07-31 | Melbourne (Australia), Iwaki Auditorium ABC, Southbank
Orchestra: Claviers de Lyon
2005-05-18 | Marseille (France), Friche la Belle de Mai - La Cartonnerie — Festival du GMEM
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: BBC Scottish SO
2005-02-16 | (United Kingdom) — 9.10pm Radio 3 | CD-Broadcast-TV-Production
2004-03-22 | Melbourne, VIC (Australia), CUB Malthouse
Conductor: Marc Lowenstein
2004-03-18 | Valencia, CA (United States of America), REDCAT
2004-03-07 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — 14.00 h & 19.30 h
2004-03-07 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — Two performances
2004-03-06 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — 14.00 h & 20.00 h
2004-03-06 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — Two performances
2004-03-05 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-05 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-03 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-03 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater | First Night
2004-03-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-02-20 | Perth, WA (Australia), St. George\'s Cathedral
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
2004-02-15 | Perth, WA (Australia), Cable Beach Ampitheatre
2003-03-14 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
2002-09-21 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Tramway
2002-04-30 | Brisbane, QLD (Australia), Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre | national Premiere
2001-09-08 | Schwaz (Austria), Klangspuren — 22.30 h | national Premiere
2001-03-10 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Cowell Theatre
2000-02-16 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music
1999-04-16 | Purchase, NY (United States of America), Purchase College
1999-04-16 | Purchase, NY (United States of America), Purchase College
1999-03-24 | St. Etienne (France), Musée d\'Art Contemporain
1999-03-24 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Cleveland Museum of Art
1999-03-23 | Andrezieux Boutheon (France), Theatre du Parc
1999-03-12 | Villeurbanne (France), Transbordeur | national Premiere
1999-03-09 | Syracuse, NY (United States of America), Crouse College Auditorum, Syracuse University
1999-03-08 | Hamilton, NY (United States of America), Schambach Center for Music
1999-03-06 | Houghton, NY (United States of America), Wesley Chapel, Houghton College
1999-02-27 | Norman, OK (United States of America), University of Oklahoma
1999-01-09 | Tyler, TX (United States of America), University of Texas at Tyler
1998-11-26 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Muziekcentrum Vredenburg | national Premiere
Conductor: Pedro Carneiro
1998-08-19 | Setubal (Portugal), Igreja de S. Juliao | national Premiere
1998-03-04 | Bowling Green, KY (United States of America), West Kentucky University
1998-03-03 | Cookeville, TN (United States of America), Tennessee Technological University
1998-03-02 | Radford, VA (United States of America), Preston Hall, Radford Universtiy
1998-02-28 | Winston-Salem, NC (United States of America), Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University
1998-02-26 | Boone, NC (United States of America), Appalachian State University
1998-02-25 | Charlotte, NC (United States of America), University of North Carolina at Charlotte
1998-02-17 | Denton, TX (United States of America), University of North Texas College of Music
1998-02-11 | Hays, KS (United States of America), Fort Hays State University
1998-02-10 | Wichita, KS (United States of America), Wichita State University | national Premiere
1998-01-06 | Ottawa, ON (Canada), National Arts Centre Theatre | national Premiere
1994-11-20 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Huddersfield Town Hall
1994-11-15 | Manchester (United Kingdom), RNCM
1994-11-14 | Farnham (United Kingdom), The Maltings
1994-11-13 | Dartington (United Kingdom), Great Hall
1994-11-12 | Swansea (United Kingdom), Taliesin Arts Centre
1994-11-11 | Bath (United Kingdom), Bath University
1994-11-10 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Bryars · One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing · 45 second extract
Audio Stream
One Last Bar Then Joe Can Sing (1994) was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the percussion quintet Nexus, and is a reflection on aspects of percussion history, both personal and musical. The members of Nexus are my friends (I played in the Steve Reich Ensemble along with Russ Hartenberger in 1972, the year after Nexus was formed). The piece aimed to demonstrate how a fine percussion ensmeble can be as musically expressive and subtle as, say, a string quartet. The piece starts from the last bar at the end of the second act of my opera Medea, a very short coda for a quintet of untuned percussion instruments during which the curtain falls. In this piece, however, this one apparently innocuous measure is progressively fragmented until it is taken over, little by little, by the addition of tuned percussion instruments. Eventually two metallophones (crotales and songbells) play aria-like material with bows, occasionally joined by the xylophone, and accompanied by marimba and xylophone ostinati. The piece ends with a coda in which phrases are passed from bowed vibraphone to bowed crotales, then to bowed songbells, supported by tremolos on the marimbas. The rare 3-octave songbells that Nexus owns is one of the American instrument maker J. C. Deagan's particularly fine instruments. The piece is effectively a kind of homage to Deagan, the Stradivarius of the tuned percussion world, who collaborated closely with Percy Grainger in the development of tuned percussion music between the wars. The allusions in the title are obvious: the "one last bar" is the last measure of music from my opera; the "song" is that of Deagan's songbells. In the case of "Joe" I wanted to link my father, Joe Bryars (who was a good amateur baritone singer) with Joseph Deagan and his songbells. However, some time after I had written the piece, Nexus's Bob Becker took me to one side and told me (gently) that the initial "J" in Deagan's name, in fact, stood for "John" Gavin Bryars
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Nexus with funds provided by The Arts Council of England for the 1994 Nexus Contemporary Music Network Tour
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-1814-2
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 10. November 1994 London, Queen Elizabeth Hall (UK) · Nexus
Year of composition: 1994
instrumentation: Percussion 1: Crotales (with bow), Chocolo, Mark Tree; Percussion 2I: Song Bells (with bow), Chinese Cymbal, 3 Wood Blocks; Percussion 3: 2 Cymbals, 2 Triangles, Xylophone, Marimba (shared with Marimba II), Vibraphone (with bow); Percussion 4: 2 Cymbals, 2 Gongs, Marimba I (with low F), Maracas; Percussion 5: 2 low Tom-Toms, Marimba II (to low A)
page number: 60
2019-12-19 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus | Revival
2019-05-26 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-05-25 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-05-24 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-05-23 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-02-02 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-02-01 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-01-31 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2019-01-30 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-19 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-18 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-17 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-16 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-11-15 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15 | Revival
2018-07-08 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-07-07 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-07-06 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-05-13 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 19:00
2018-05-12 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-05-11 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-05-10 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-05-09 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-04-30 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-04-29 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 19:15
2018-04-28 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-04-27 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:15
2018-03-25 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 19:30
2018-03-24 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-03-23 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-03-22 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00
2018-03-21 | Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Michael Linville
Orchestra: Heartbreakers
2015-02-14 | Florida (United States of America), New World Center — 19:30
2013-05-18 | Canberra (Australia), Albert Hall — 13:00
2011-11-13 | München (Germany), Münchner Künstlerhaus, Festsaal — 11.00 h
Conductor: Valeriy Platonov
Orchestra: Orchestra of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre
2011-04-24 | Perm (Russia), Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre — 12 performances
Orchestra: Alter Ego & Ars Lundi
2007-10-31 | Roma (Italy), Parco della Musica, Teatro Studio — 21.00 h
2006-04-02 | Stuttgart (Germany), Altes Schloss, Weißer Saal — 16.00 Uhr
2005-07-31 | Melbourne (Australia), Iwaki Auditorium ABC, Southbank
Orchestra: Claviers de Lyon
2005-05-18 | Marseille (France), Friche la Belle de Mai - La Cartonnerie — Festival du GMEM
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: BBC Scottish SO
2005-02-16 | (United Kingdom) — 9.10pm Radio 3 | CD-Broadcast-TV-Production
2004-03-22 | Melbourne, VIC (Australia), CUB Malthouse
Conductor: Marc Lowenstein
2004-03-18 | Valencia, CA (United States of America), REDCAT
2004-03-07 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — 14.00 h & 19.30 h
2004-03-07 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — Two performances
2004-03-06 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — 14.00 h & 20.00 h
2004-03-06 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater — Two performances
2004-03-05 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-05 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-03 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-03 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-03-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater | First Night
2004-03-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Joyce Theater
2004-02-20 | Perth, WA (Australia), St. George\'s Cathedral
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
2004-02-15 | Perth, WA (Australia), Cable Beach Ampitheatre
2003-03-14 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
2002-09-21 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Tramway
2002-04-30 | Brisbane, QLD (Australia), Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre | national Premiere
2001-09-08 | Schwaz (Austria), Klangspuren — 22.30 h | national Premiere
2001-03-10 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Cowell Theatre
2000-02-16 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music
1999-04-16 | Purchase, NY (United States of America), Purchase College
1999-04-16 | Purchase, NY (United States of America), Purchase College
1999-03-24 | St. Etienne (France), Musée d\'Art Contemporain
1999-03-24 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Cleveland Museum of Art
1999-03-23 | Andrezieux Boutheon (France), Theatre du Parc
1999-03-12 | Villeurbanne (France), Transbordeur | national Premiere
1999-03-09 | Syracuse, NY (United States of America), Crouse College Auditorum, Syracuse University
1999-03-08 | Hamilton, NY (United States of America), Schambach Center for Music
1999-03-06 | Houghton, NY (United States of America), Wesley Chapel, Houghton College
1999-02-27 | Norman, OK (United States of America), University of Oklahoma
1999-01-09 | Tyler, TX (United States of America), University of Texas at Tyler
1998-11-26 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Muziekcentrum Vredenburg | national Premiere
Conductor: Pedro Carneiro
1998-08-19 | Setubal (Portugal), Igreja de S. Juliao | national Premiere
1998-03-04 | Bowling Green, KY (United States of America), West Kentucky University
1998-03-03 | Cookeville, TN (United States of America), Tennessee Technological University
1998-03-02 | Radford, VA (United States of America), Preston Hall, Radford Universtiy
1998-02-28 | Winston-Salem, NC (United States of America), Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University
1998-02-26 | Boone, NC (United States of America), Appalachian State University
1998-02-25 | Charlotte, NC (United States of America), University of North Carolina at Charlotte
1998-02-17 | Denton, TX (United States of America), University of North Texas College of Music
1998-02-11 | Hays, KS (United States of America), Fort Hays State University
1998-02-10 | Wichita, KS (United States of America), Wichita State University | national Premiere
1998-01-06 | Ottawa, ON (Canada), National Arts Centre Theatre | national Premiere
1994-11-20 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Huddersfield Town Hall
1994-11-15 | Manchester (United Kingdom), RNCM
1994-11-14 | Farnham (United Kingdom), The Maltings
1994-11-13 | Dartington (United Kingdom), Great Hall
1994-11-12 | Swansea (United Kingdom), Taliesin Arts Centre
1994-11-11 | Bath (United Kingdom), Bath University
1994-11-10 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall | World Premiere
Bryars · One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing · 45 second extract