John Cage: Third Construction / Instrumentation, Part Considerations

March 18, 2011 3:43 pm in Concert by Web Team

This video series, originally posted in 2010, is offered here in the Vic Firth Exchange to give students and educators the opportunity to ask questions and discuss all aspects of this monumental percussion work.

< Watch the performance in our previous Exchange article

In this video, the members of So Percussion discuss their choices for instrumentation and talk about some considerations they have made with dealing with their own individual parts.

Player I analysis: Jason Treuting

Instrumentation:

North West Indian Rattle (Wooden), 5 Graduated Tin Cans, 3 Graduated Drums (Tom Toms), Claves, Large Chinese Cymbal (Suspended), Maracas, Teponaxtle

Mallet Selections:

Signature Vibraphone - Terry Gibbs
Medium vibe or marimba. Rattan handles.
L = 15 1/4"  [enlarge photo]
T5
Very hard. A special effects mallet.
Head = 1 1/4" | L = 14 1/2"  [enlarge photo]
Orchestral Series Keyboard
Hard acetal produces a very full and lyrical sound on bells and xylophone.
Head = 1 1/4" | L = 14 1/4"  [enlarge photo]

 


Player II analysis: Adam Sliwinski

Instrumentation:

3 Graduated Drums (Tom Toms), 5 Graduated Tin Cans, Claves, 2 Cowbells, Indo-Chinese Rattle (Wooden, with many separate chambers), Lion’s Roar

Mallet Selections:

Signature Vibraphone - Terry Gibbs
Hard vibe or marimba. Rattan handles.
L = 15 1/4"  [enlarge photo]
Orchestral Series Keyboard
Medium rubber. Dark sound with clarity.
Head = 1 1/8" | L = 14 1/4"  [enlarge photo]
5A Dual Tone
5A wood tip with a durable synthetic felt mallet head attached to the butt end.
L = 16 1/8" | Dia. = .565"  [enlarge photo]
T5
Very hard. A special effects mallet.
Head = 1 1/4" | L = 14 1/2"  [enlarge photo]

 


Player III analysis: Eric Beach

Instrumentation:

3 Graduated Drums (Tom Toms), Tambourine, 5 Graduated Tin Cans, Quijadas, Claves, Cricket Callers (Split Bamboo), Conch Shell

Mallet Selections:

Signature Vibraphone - Terry Gibbs
Medium vibe or marimba. Rattan handles.
L = 15 1/4"  [enlarge photo]
Orchestral Series Keyboard
Hard PVC. Bright and cutting for xylophone and bells.
Head = 1 1/8" | L = 14 1/4"  [enlarge photo]
Orchestral Series Keyboard
Hard Teflon® produces a very full and lyrical sound on bells and xylophone.
Head = 1 1/4" | L = 14 1/4"  [enlarge photo]
Rute
Our original. Designed for all-around rock‚ jazz and combo playing. With 16 dowels (.056").
L=16 3/8" | Handle thickness = .750"  [enlarge photo]

 


Player IV anaysis: Josh Quillen

Instrumentation:

Tin Can with Tacks (Rattle), 5 Graduated Tin Cans, Claves, Maracas, 3 Graduated Drums (Tom Toms), Wooden Ratchet, Bass Drum Roar

Mallet Selections:

Signature Vibraphone - Terry Gibbs
Medium vibe or marimba. Rattan handles.
L = 15 1/4"  [enlarge photo]
Orchestral Series Keyboard
Hard PVC. Bright and cutting for xylophone and bells.
Head = 1 1/8" | L = 14 1/4"  [enlarge photo]

peters logoJohn Cage’s “Third Construction” is available through CF Peters Publishing.

So Percussion and Vic Firth would like to thank CF Peters Publishing
and the John Cage Trust for their continued support.

 


In the final part of our series on Cage’s Third Construction:

A discussion of So Percussion’s rehearsal techniques >