Monday, January 31, 2011
Music For Percussion
Carlos Chavez: Toccata For Percussion
Boston Records B-207
The Boston Percussion Group members: Georger Gaber, Harold Thompson, Simon Brown, Charles Smith, Everett Firth and Don Bush. Additional performers: James Stagliano, Horn and Dolores Baldyga, Soprano.
Harold Farberman scored Evolution in 1954.
I can't find the release date for this obscure record. Judging from the cover, the record appears to be a late 50s release.
The jacket notes are written by Farberman. This was Farberman's attempt to "elevate the percussion section to its rightful place as a musical section in the orchestra..."
Faberman spends a good deal of space letting his audience in on his "negative feelings" in regards to current percussion trends (of his time) as "coarse-grained and barbarous".
I'm not a student of early percussion, other than the percussion trend of the early 60s, but after reading the notes and listening to the album I might consider this work "experimental".
I love the cover art and the music is very cool. There isn't as much material on this LP as most 33s, as if this record was originally meant for a 10 inch issue, or was first released on a 10 inch record(?).