by Chad Heiny
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel (shared between P2 and P3), 8 graduated woodblocks, 12 graduated drums, 12 graduated resonant metals, 2 high pitched semi-resonant metals
Chad Heiny’s Canon Fodder was written as a reflection on the current climate of our social, educational, and ecological systems, where untold damage is being done. In his own words, he “needed a way to get [his] wide range of feelings out.”
This unyielding quartet features a homogeneous instrumentation from player to player, each having two woodblocks and three graduated toms, giving the piece its sense of cohesion. Later in the piece, two players interact on a shared glockenspiel and resonant metals. The piece gets its name from the “canons” that are passed around the ensemble and are as visually compelling as they are musically compelling. It also has a thread of incessant “clock ticking” symbolizing that time remains universal and unflinching.
Cannon Fodder is dedicated to Brett William Dietz and Hamiruge, the LSU Percussion Group.
This piece comes as a full, bound score with a color cover and includes an online download code to access individual parts for printing.