false (2010)

Download the score – false


  • Player 1
    • Maracas
    • Snare drum
    • Bongos
    • Cowbell
  • Player 2
    • Maracas
    • Tambourine
    • Claves
  • Player 3
    • Several small rocks or dice
    • Slide whistle
    • Log drum
    • 5 plant pots of various sizes
  • Player 4
    • Hi-hat
    • Guiro
    • Temple blocks
    • Rhythm crasher

Program Notes
This work was written for the iKtus Percussion Quartet and they exercised enormous patience in waiting for false’s completion. I asked each performer to list the 4-6 smaller and more portable instruments that they enjoy playing. The players were not to coordinate their list with any other member in the quartet.
I then took this list and ran in a bunch of different directions. After many rewrites, throwaways, false starts, and other distractions, the work before you finally emerged. The title is in tribute to all the music I wrote for this piece but threw away.
false is a work more about texture than motive although there is a melody that tries to exert itself from time to time. I am thankful to the iKtus quartet for allowing me to write them a piece and providing such an interesting assortment of sounds for me.

About Me

Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University. He reads too many comic books and tries to find time for sewing and other various hobbies. Jay likes playing chess but loses a LOT of games. 

Jay’s frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee has led to several dance works based on student veterans, ecological succession, the Larry Craig scandal, and hyena behaviors. The hyena piece even includes puppets! 

80s atonal awesome bilston comic books comics concerto contemplative counterpoint duet dulcimer duo electronics fixed media funny hard high voice improvisation marimba medium voice noisy percussion piano poem poetry pop quartet sci-fi scifi setup short song song cycle speaking spiky spoken strugatsky timpani trigger triggered trio unpitched weird white zen

%d bloggers like this: