to for hit with (2011)

Download the score – to for hit with


  • Player 1
    • Hammered dulcimer
    • Mbira
    • looping pedal/software
  • Player 2
    • Marimba (4.5 octave)

Program Notes
This piece started with the scale, made to highlight some of the quirky pitch omissions in the hammer dulcimer. After grooving on that scale pattern for a while, the piece breaks it down to reveal a more gentle harmonic underpinning. A long, slow marimba melody emerges with a few mbira punctuations. Finally, the scale erupts again in full force and leads the piece to its conclusion.

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! 

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