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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Hauser, Fritz: Second Thought 



Basic information

  • Title: 
    Second Thought
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
  • Year of composition: 
  • First performance (year): 
  • First performance (venue): 
    Canberra, Austalia
  • First performance (performers): 
    Synergy Percussion Australia
  • Keywords: 


  • Program notes: 

    SECOND THOUGHT was inspired by the Japanese giant crab (takāshigani). I once assisted the process moulting, a long and complicated process. The piece starts of with the dream of the takashigani, being as fast as a squirrel. Then reality sets in and time slows down. As the animal tries to get out of its complicated ‘shell’ it fights against all kinds of obstacles one of which is the fact that it has six legs to free.

    (Here is a scientific explanation:
    Once crabs have become juveniles they will still have to keep moulting many more times to become adults. They are covered with a hard shell, which would otherwise prevent growth. The moult cycle is coordinated by hormones. When preparing for moult, the old shell is softened and partly eroded away, while the rudimentary beginnings of a new shell form under it. At the time of moulting, the crab takes in a lot of water to expand and crack open the old shell at a line of weakness along the back edge of the carapace. The crab must then extract all of itself – including its legs, mouthparts, eyestalks, and even the lining of the front and back of the digestive tract – from the old shell. This is a difficult process that takes many hours, and if a crab gets stuck it will die. After freeing itself from the old shell (now called an exuvia) the crab is extremely soft and hides until its new shell has hardened. While the new shell is still soft, the crab can expand it to make room for future growth.)

  • Technical specs: 

    SECOND THOUGHT is a piece for 3 percussionists and 1 Marimba (5 octaves). Each player covers a specific section of
    the instrument. Some notes may overlap the areas. Each player also uses 3 metal objects, positioned in front or on
    the side:
    Triangle (notated above the line)
    Bell cymbal (lasting bell-like sound, no crotales. Notated on the line)
    Splash cymbal (notated below the line)
    Triangles should vary in sound but not too much in size. Bell and Splash cymbals should be fairly small (6" - 10").
    Bell and Splash cymbals are to be played with vibraphone/marimba mallets, producing a full sound even when played
    soft. Triangles are to be played with metal beaters producing a bright and shiny sound.
    Marimba mallets should produce an overall homogenous sound. High register not too hard, low register not too soft.
    The glissandos should be produced with a wooden xylophone stick being loosely dragged over the diatonic notes of the
    marimba. The first and last note of the glissando should be played with the normal Marimba mallet. The glissandos
    vary in speed, fully using the rhythmic space.



Total number of musicians: 
5-Octave Marimba



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