Ballet for Bouncing Balls
Montgomery Hatch - Tapspace Publications
Composed with the idea that rhythmic patterns can be seen as well as heard, this medium advanced piece is both creative and fun. Composed by New York City Opera percussionist Montgomery Hatch, this is literally comprised of the various sound effects of balls bouncing on the floor. Scored for five players using three large basketballs, two basketballs and four handballs who use a creative array of techniques including dribbling, slapping, juggling, tossing, and of course... bouncing! There is an inherent element of theater and dance present in the work and performers are encouraged to explore it. Rhythmic motives are generally simple and groove based, and mappings of suggested staging ideas are included with the score. Looking for something different, yet educational, this will surely provide unique and creative entertainment for audiences of all ages.