Busker Fantasy


for five percussionists

Commissioned by the SUNY Purchase Percussion Ensemble
Live recording by SUNY Purchase Percussion Ensemble. Dominic Donato, director.

program note:

Busker Fantasy is a concerto for percussionists, featuring 'street performer' against an ensemble of standard orchestral percussion. While researching the possibility of using found objects in the context of a percussion ensemble piece, I quickly realized that many of the most effective non-traditional percussion instruments exist in an established idiom and tradition of their own: buskers. Instead of mixing together these kinds of instruments (paint buckets, cookware, bicycle parts) with traditional instruments, I chose to set them apart; I thought it would be interesting to use the idea of a concerto to create a counterpoint between the tradition of orchestral percussion and street performance. Busker Fantasy was composed in the summer of 2011 for the Purchase College Percussion Ensemble.

buy/rent sheet music:

Busker Fantasy score and parts set (choose format)