About this work:
Helter Skelter was written in 1984 for myself and three other percussionists. At the time, I was frustrated with how few provocative pieces there were for four percussionists, so I decided to write my own. It is my first piece for multiple players. It relies on everyone listening closely and quickly reacting to each other. The parts are written in such a way as to allow the players to choose which phrase cells they may or may not play and how long they play them. If performed correctly, this work should never sound the same way twice.
– Robert Paterson
Year composed: 1984
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Percussion Ensembles
Instrumentation: 4 Percussion (General)
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