Four Voice Canon #11 (“Parsons Canon”)

aka: tetherball XI


Date: 1999-2000.


Place: Dartmouth.


Sounds: Six percussionists or any six musicians.


Elements: No permutations lists used. Source is a set of rhythms “lent” to me by English composer Michael Parsons.


Comments: Part of the large series of pieces called tetherball, generally one page scores for six musicians, each of which rotates through the six parts.

Four Voice Canon #11 has been performed by a number of ensembles, including Non Sequitur, the Downtown Ensemble, and a number of university groups. No commercially available recording exists yet.