in "Percussive Notes"
The Journal of the Percussive Arts Society
Premiered at the
University of Michigan in 1966, Peck's "Lift-Off!" for three
percussionists (or more, if added in multiples of three), each playing
three drums, including one low bass drum, a medium drum, and a high
drum, has earned the status of a "classic" in the percussion
ensemble repertoire, and will need no introduction to many readers.
This 1998 edition of "Lift-Off!" is published in a neat, legible
package of score and parts by Pecktackular Music.
The ca. 8-minute
work is cast in two sections. The first features rhythms with conflicting
accent patterns and metric modulation; in the second section, the three
percussionists play unison sixteenth notes, eventually beginning a general
crescendo that drives the music to a hair-raising finale.
ensembles that may not have this work in their libraries will certainly
want a copy of this 1998 edition. They will also benefit from listening
to an outstanding performance of the piece, such as that heard on the
ars moderno CD by Percussion Group Cincinnati.
Reprinted by permission
of the Percussive Arts Society, Inc., 701 NW Ferris Ave., Lawton, OK