Percussion Paintings

Listen to works for percussion ensemble that depict natural phenomena, including meteor showers, animals, and others on this edition of New Sounds. Hear Wendy Mae Chambers' work “Night of the Shooting Stars,” which is a tone poem for 16 percussionists inspired by The Leonids meteor shower of November 2001, and calls for unusual instrumentation, including Jack-in-the Boxes, key chains, conch shells, sleigh bells, slide whistles, and audience participation on siren whistles. Also, the Nexus Percussion Ensemble plays William Cahn’s work “Fauna,” where melodic marimba lines are punctuated by drum kit fills, coupled with rhythmic animal ambience, rainsticks, z well-placed lion’s roar, and the distinctive hoot of quica. Plus, there’s music featuring the first lady of percussion, Evelyn Glennie, and more.

PROGRAM # 2438 Percussion Pictures (First aired on Tues. 7/12/05)






Live, Merkin Hall 11/13/89

William Cahn: Fauna [13:30]

This performance not commercially available, but the piece appears on “Nexus Now”/Nexus CD 10262.
Available at

Wendy Mae Chambers

Private recording

Night of the Shooting Stars [25:00]

Not yet released, but see for info.

Michael Daugherty, Evelyn Glennie


??? [6:00]

Klavier #11121***

Dafos (M. Hart et al)


Dry Sands of the Desert, excerpt [3:00]

Reference #RR12.
R re-released on Rykodisc, #10108