Mark Bowden

(b. 1979)
Mark Bowden is a composer of instrumental, chamber and orchestral music as well as music for voice, dance and film. His music is performed at festivals and events throughout the UK, Europe, South America and the US and can be heard regularly on radio stations around the world. Mark is currently Resident Composer with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was the 2011-12 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company. In 2006 Mark was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for his first BBC orchestral commission sudden light. He was the 2006-2007 composer-in-residence at Handel House Museum. Mark is a founder member of the critically acclaimed Camberwell Composers’ Collective and was New Music Associate at Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge from 2008-2010. He was Composer-in-Residence in 2011 and 2012 at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden.

Mark Bowden Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Heartland Percussion Concerto

Timpani + 2 percussion + solo percussion
Solo percussion - maracas, marimba, 5 temple blocks, large orchestral bass drum, bongos, congas, 2 tumbas (deeper pitched than congas), Aluphone, 4 tuned gongs (E3, D4, A4, B4), pedal glockenspiel, large brake drum, large metal pipe, medium temple bowl, large temple bowl, 2 cowbells (S/L), 2 suspended cymbals, medium & large Chinese cymbal, splash cymbal

Percussion 1 - maracas (as resonant as possible), orchestral bass drum (can be shared with player 2), brake drum, metal pipe, log drum, cowbells, whip, large suspended cymbal, sizzle cymbal, 2 octaves crotales, high wood block, large tam-tam (can be shared with player 2), glockenspiel, Percussion 2 - maracas (as resonant as possible), large tam-tam (can be shared with player 1), small opera gong, medium opera gong, Chinese cymbal, splash cymbal, orchestral bass drum (can be shared with player 1), vibraphone, 5 temple blocks, mark tree, snare drum

Lyra Cello Concerto

Timpani + 2 percussion
1) 5 woodblocks, wind gong, vibraphone, large tam tam, marimba, ice bell, medium nipple gong, crotales (1 octave), 2 suspended cymbals, sizzle cymbal, orchestral bass drum, , bongos, congas, small triangle, 2) tambourine, 5 temple blocks, suspended cymbal, medium tam tam, glockenspiel, snare drum, ice-bell, low nipple gong, tubular bells, 3 tuned gongs: C2, Eb4, Ab4, 2 tumbas, 2 tom toms (deeper-pitched than the tumbas)

Sudden Light for Orchestra

Timpani + 4 percussion
1)  vibraphone, xylophone, snare drum, bongos, 2) whip, marimba, tubular bells, lion’s roar, 3 tom toms, 3) large tam tam, sizzle cymbal, 3 woodblocks (H/M/L), lion’s roar, glockenspiel, hi hat, 4) large orchestral bass drum, 3 temple blocks (H/M/L), large suspended cymbal, lion’s roar, 2 octaves crotales

The Mare’s Tale

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Vibraphone, glockenspiel, 2 octaves crotales, suspended cymbal, tam tam, small folk drum, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, 5 temple blocks, air raid siren, china plates for smashing

Tirlun for Orchestra

Timpani + 1 percussion
2 octaves crotales, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, whip, xylophone, 5 tom-toms, bamboo wind chimes

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