Just Sing

Inspired by Toru Takemitsu, this piece is arranged for five percussionists accompanied by a pre-recorded CD.

William Cahn joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as principal percussionist after graduating form the Eastman School of Music in 1968.

Just Sing was created in January 2002. It was inspired by a song of the eminent Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu titled, “Utau dake”. The sounds of male voices outline a melancholy tune in a slow chant as long marimba tremolos provide a murky undercurrent of troubled spirit. Vibraphone chords add a simple punctuation to the mood as harmonicas and accordions sigh abruptly from time to time.

Performance Type

3-5 Players

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