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

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Horváth, Balázs: BEAN 



Basic information

  • Title: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
  • Year of composition: 
  • First performance (year): 
  • First performance (venue): 
    Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa (USA).
  • First performance (performers): 
    Gábor Palotás – perc.
  • Genre: 


  • Program notes: 

    BEAN is an instrumental theatre piece where the presence and acting of the percussionist has the same importance as playing simply the music. The performer must also create his own version by precomposed modules and also collect his own instruments for the actual performance.
    The basic idea of the piece came from performance by the actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), in which he “plays” on invisible drums. (Source:
    BEAN is dedicated to Gábor Palotás who world-premiered it in the USA and first performed in Hungary as well.

  • Technical specs: 

    Instruments needed for the piece:
    – ca. 20-30 percussion ”instruments”, most of which is rubbish, discarded materials etc. So they are not instruments in the original sense of the word. The selection of the “instruments” is the performer’s task but the composer is happy to help. (See details in the score.)
    – 2-3 ”wind instruments” are also needed. They must be installed on a higher stand for not to kept in hand. It is advised to install them so the performer can simply bow to these instruments. (See details in the score.)
    – the performer must have the cover of a tinplate that is to hang up by cord or fishing line. It must be cut with a scissors so that the cover falls on the floor loudly. Anyway the scissors must be used in the piece earlier as “instrument” or beater.
    – use a strong, thick wooden stick (e.g. the thicker end of a snare drum stick) or wooden headed mallet as beater.
    To perform BEAN you need an assistant, who carries the prepared instruments in their proper order to the right position. The assistant must place these tables with “instruments” under the beater of the performer and later place them aside.
    The ”instruments” must be placed on tables, holders. That is the performer’s decision as well.
    The score consists of two parts: one shows the form, the other one shows the modules. You may see these modules on the latter one with an Intro and a Coda. The final form is to be created by the performer following the form and using the moduls.



Total number of musicians: 



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