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Bill Cahn (1946-     )

Bill Cahn (William L. Cahn), composerBill Cahn (William L. Cahn) has been a member of the percussion group, NEXUS, since 1971, and was principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995. Born in Philadelphia in 1946, Bill has performed with conductors, composers, ensembles, and artists representing diverse musical styles – Chet Atkins, John Cage, Carlos Chavez, Aaron Copland, Jimmy Durante, Chuck Mangione, Mitch Miller, Seiji Ozawa, Steve Reich, Doc Severensen, Leopold Stokowski, Richard Stoltzman, Igor Stravinsky, Edgard Varese and Paul Winter. He has conducted educational and pops programs with symphony orchestras, and his compositions for solo percussion, percussion ensemble and percussion with orchestra/band are widely performed. His fourth book, Creative Music Making,was published by Routledge Books in 2005. In addition to his position at the Eastman School of Music, Bill is a faculty artist-inresidence at the Showa College of the Arts in Atsugi, Japan, and has served at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Bill has received the Rochester Philharmonic League’s Fanfare Award (1988) for a “significant contribution to music education in Rochester,” Mu Phi Epsilon’s Musician of the Year Award (1993), and with NEXUS, the Toronto Arts Award in music (1989), the Banff Centre for the Arts National Award (1997), and induction into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame (1999). In 2006 Bill received a Grammy Award for his performance with Paul Winter on the DVD titled, 2004 Solstice Concert.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Bill Cahn Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Cahn on Cahn
Miniature Suite, percussion sextet (1964?; pub. 1970) [E-I]
Partita, solo unaccompanied percussion (pub. 1966) [I] [inspired by J.S. Bach]
Raga No. 1, 4 timpani [1 player] (1967; pub. 1978)
Etude for Taperecorder and Percussion (pub. 1970) [I]
Sonata For Trombone and Percussion Trio (pub. 1970) [I-A]
A Walk In The Garden Of Earthly Delights, 2 or more female voices and percussion ensemble [10 players] (1972; pub. 1976) [I]
Tides, 10 percussionists (1973; pub. 1975) [I]
Perplexus, percussion and soundscape (pub. 1975) [I]
Six Pieces For Percussion, percussion trio (pub. 1975) [I]
In Ancient Temple Gardens, xylophone, piano, and/or mallet ensemble (pub. 1976) [I-A] - marimba and orchestra???
Nara (4 pieces), solo unaccompanied percussion (pub. 1976) [I]
The Recital Piece: a drama for solo xylophonist and tape [pre-recorded narration] (pub. 1976) [I-A]
Ten Pieces for Flute & Percussion (pub. 1977) [I]
Changes, percussion trio (pub. 1980) [I-A]
Quiet Music, tuba, timpani [4] and percussion (pub. 1980) [I-A]
Fauna, EMAX digital sampling keyboard and percussion quintet (pub. 1988) [I-A]
. . . won't you join the dance?, a pas de deux for double-bass and multi-percussionist (pub. 1990) [I-A]
Wright's Lessons, children's chorus, strings and percussion (pub. 1995)
Rosewood Dreaming, concerto for marimba solo and 5 percussionists (pub. 1997)
Afrodditty, snare drum (pub. 2000, in "Portfolio for Snare Drum"]
Time Traveler, solo marimba and 4 percussionists (pub. 2000)
Six Concert Pieces for Solo Timpani (pub. 2001) [includes "Raga No. 2"]
Night Ride, solo timpani [4 timpani, 1 player] and 4 percussionists (pub. 2005)
Where Sirens Dwell, trumpet, percussion and prerecorded CD (2006)
The Crystal Cabinet, 2 percussionists and prerecorded CD (pub. 2008)
Time Zones, 5 concert pieces for snare drum (pub. 2011)

Arrangements - many for "xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players"
Red Norvo Suite (3 pieces), xylophone solo, marimba ensemble, harp and drum set (Red Norvo; arr. Cahn) (pub. 1961)
Balalaika, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Traditional/arr. Cahn)  (pub. 1979)
A Bunch of Roses, 2 marimbas, bells, xylophone and piano [total of 6 players] (Chapi/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
Chicken Reel Rag, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Josephy Daly/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
Jolly Caballero, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Forsini/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
La Negra, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (traditional/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
Dotty Dimples, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H.Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1981)
    - also arr. for marimba and brass sextet (pub. 1981)
The Ragtime Drummer, snare drum, xylophone and 2 marimbas (James Lent/arr. William Cahn) (pub. 1981)
The Vamp, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Byron Gay/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1981)
Yes! We Have No Bananas, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (F.Silver & I.Cohn; arr.  Cahn) (pub. 1981)
Polonaise Militaire, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Chopin/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1982)
Russian Rag, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (George L Cobb/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1982)
The Teddy Bears' Picnic, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (John W Bratton/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1982)
Xylophonia (Joseph Green/arr. by William L. Cahn), xylophone solo and band (or orchestra) (pub. 1982) [I]
Intermezzo, [xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players] (Shostakovich: Die Nase, op. 15/arr. by Cahn) (pub. 1986)
Nola: a silhouette, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Felix Arndt & G.H. Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1991)
Alabama Moon, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H. Green/arr. by Cahn) (pub. 1992) [I]
La Bamba, 2 marimbas [4 players], w/opt. perc/congas and maracas; or 4 marimbas, w/opt. perc (trad./arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Bolero: Spanish Dance No. 5, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Moszkowsky/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Fluffy Ruffles, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H.Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Frivolity, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H. Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Un Misterio, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (pub. 1994)
Song of the Yeve Cult, [orchestra???] (traditional, Ghana/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1999)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Bill Cahn Links     ~ ~ ~    Cahn on Cahn     ~ top of page ~
[under construction]
Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Ensemble
see also  . . .  Arrangements
In Ancient Temple Gardens, xylophone, piano, and/or mallet ensemble (pub. 1976) [I-A] - marimba and orchestra???
Rosewood Dreaming, concerto for marimba solo and 5 percussionists (pub. 1997)
Time Traveler, solo marimba and 4 percussionists (pub. 2000)
Night Ride, solo timpani [4 timpani, 1 player] and 4 percussionists (pub. 2005)

Choral
Wright's Lessons, children's chorus, strings and percussion (pub. 1995)

Chamber
see also  . . .  Arrangements
Sonata For Trombone and Percussion Trio (pub. 1970) [I-A]
Ten Pieces for Flute & Percussion (pub. 1977) [I]
Quiet Music, tuba, timpani [4] and percussion (pub. 1980) [I-A]
Fauna, EMAX digital sampling keyboard and percussion quintet (pub. 1988) [I-A]
. . . won't you join the dance?, a pas de deux for double-bass and multi-percussionist (pub. 1990) [I-A]
Where Sirens Dwell, trumpet, percussion and prerecorded CD (2006)
The Crystal Cabinet, 2 percussionists and prerecorded CD (pub. 2008)

Solo Percussion
Partita, solo unaccompanied percussion (pub. 1966) [I] [inspired by J.S. Bach]
Raga No. 1, 4 timpani [1 player] (1967; pub. 1978)
Etude for Taperecorder and Percussion (pub. 1970) [I]
Perplexus, percussion and soundscape (pub. 1975) [I]
Nara, solo unaccompanied percussion (pub. 1976) [I]
    - Todaiji : the hall of the great Buddha
    - Ceremonial dance
    - Sacred deer
    - Nigatsudo : the temple on the hill
    - Shiteno : guardians of the temple
The Recital Piece: a drama for solo xylophonist and tape [pre-recorded narration] (pub. 1976) [I-A]
Afrodditty, snare drum (pub. 2000, in "Portfolio for Snare Drum"]
Six Concert Pieces for Solo Timpani (pub. 2001)
    - Canzone
    - Etude 1966
    - Raga No. 2 (2000)
    - Quatrill
    - Petite Sonata
    - Afrodditty 2
Time Zones, 5 concert pieces for snare drum (pub. 2011)
    - Anticipation
    - Doumbekka
    - Roll a-round
    - Rockin' roll
    - Six-by-five

Percussion Ensemble
see also  . . .  Arrangements
Miniature Suite, percussion sextet (1964?; pub. 1970) [E-I]
A Walk In The Garden Of Earthly Delights, 2 or more female voices and percussion ensemble [10 players] (1972; pub. 1976) [I]
Tides, 10 percussionists (1973; pub. 1975) [I]
Six Pieces For Percussion, percussion trio (pub. 1975) [I]
    - Snowflakes
    - The Stamping Plant
    - Clouds
    - Ballade
    - Voices
    - African Song
Changes, percussion trio (pub. 1980) [I-A]
Fauna, EMAX digital sampling keyboard and percussion quintet (pub. 1988) [I-A]

Vocal
A Walk In The Garden Of Earthly Delights, 2 or more female voices and percussion ensemble [10 players] (1972; pub. 1976) [I]

Electronic/Electroacoustic
Etude for Taperecorder and Percussion (pub. 1970) [I]
Perplexus, percussion and soundscape (pub. 1975) [I]
Where Sirens Dwell, trumpet, percussion and prerecorded CD (2006)
The Crystal Cabinet, 2 percussionists and prerecorded CD (pub. 2008)

Arrangements  -  many for "xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players"

Red Norvo Suite, xylophone solo, marimba ensemble, harp and drum set (Red Norvo; arr. Cahn) (pub. 1961)
    - Breakfast breakdown
    - Dance of the octopus
    - Knockin' on wood
Balalaika, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Traditional/arr. Cahn)  (pub. 1979)
A Bunch of Roses, 2 marimbas, bells, xylophone and piano [total of 6 players] (Chapi/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
Chicken Reel Rag, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Josephy Daly/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
Jolly Caballero, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Forsini/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
La Negra, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (traditional/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1979)
Dotty Dimples, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H.Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1981)
    - also arr. for marimba and brass sextet (pub. 1981)
The Ragtime Drummer, snare drum, xylophone and 2 marimbas (James Lent/arr. William Cahn) (pub. 1981)
The Vamp, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Byron Gay/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1981)
Yes! We Have No Bananas, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (F.Silver & I.Cohn; arr.  Cahn) (pub. 1981)
Polonaise Militaire, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Chopin/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1982)
Russian Rag, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (George L Cobb/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1982)
The Teddy Bears' Picnic, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (John W Bratton/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1982)
Xylophonia (Joseph Green/arr. by William L. Cahn), xylophone solo and band (or orchestra) (pub. 1982) [I]
Intermezzo, [xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players] (Shostakovich: Die Nase, op. 15/arr. by Cahn) (pub. 1986)
Nola: a silhouette, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Felix Arndt & G.H. Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1991)
Alabama Moon, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H. Green/arr. by Cahn) (pub. 1992) [I]
La Bamba, 2 marimbas [4 players], w/opt. perc/congas and maracas; or 4 marimbas, w/opt. perc (trad./arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Bolero: Spanish Dance No. 5, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (Moszkowsky/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Fluffy Ruffles, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H.Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Frivolity, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (G.H. Green/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1993)
Un Misterio, xylophone solo & 4 marimbas/or 2 marimbas, 4 players (pub. 1994)
Song of the Yeve Cult, [orchestra???] (traditional, Ghana/arr. Cahn) (pub. 1999)


BILL CAHN  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ ~ ~    Cahn on Cahn     ~ top of page ~
Creative Music Making: Four Simple Steps to Cultivating the Inner Musician (William L. Cahn, Routledge, et al)
How much detail do you expect, want, and ultimately get from composers in the percussion scores . . .? (NewMusicBox)
Interview with Bill Cahn (VicFirth.com)
The Responsibilities of a Professional Principal Percussionist (Bill Cahn, drumchattr)

Composer's website   . . .   contact Bill Cahn:  here
Bill Cahn @ Nexus Percussion
Bill Cahn @ Nexus Blog

Bill Cahn @ The Banff Centre
Bill Cahn @ Classical Archives
Bill Cahn @ Eastman School of Music
Bill Cahn @ Facebook
Bill Cahn @ InstantEncore
Bill Cahn @ LinkedIn
Bill Cahn @ Meredith Music Publications
Bill Cahn @ MostlyMarimba.com
Bill Cahn @ MusicWeb International
Bill Cahn @ The New York Times
Bill Cahn @ Nexus Blog
Bill Cahn @ Nexus Percussion
Bill Cahn @ NoiseBorder/diverse musics and practices
Bill Cahn @ Percussive Arts Society
Bill Cahn @ Polyphonic.org
Bill Cahn @ Sabian Cymbals

Publisher
Bill Cahn @ HoneyRock
Bill Cahn @ Keyboard Percussion Publications
Bill Cahn @ Meredith Music Publications
Bill Cahn @ MostlyMarimba.com
Bill Cahn @ Steve Weiss Music
Bill Cahn @ Wimbledon Music

Streaming Audio
Bill Cahn @ Classical Archives

Recordings
Bill Cahn @ ArkivMusic
Bill Cahn @ CD Universe
Bill Cahn @ ClassicsOnline    also    here
Bill Cahn @ Discogs    also    here
Bill Cahn @ itunes

Video
Bill Cahn @ Bill Cahn YouTube Channel
Bill Cahn @ YouTube
Bill Cahn @ Google Video
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Cahn on Cahn: On His Ragas for Timpani (VIDEO)







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