Instruments needed in percussion section

Medea (1982, rev. 1984)

Xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, bass marimba, 4 tuned gongs (B a 9th below middle C, C sharp below middle C, D below middle C, E above middle C), crotales, 7-12 roto-toms, tam-tam, orchestral bass drum, tambourine, 5 temple blocks, 4 woodblocks (Japanese preferred), 4 suspended cymbals ( ride, 14" Turkish, Chinese, sizzle with good sustain on rivets), cabaça, chocolo, 2 triangles, 2 maracas, 2 flexatones.

(5 players, in addition to timpanist)


Effarene (1984)

Vibraphone, tubular bells, glockenspiel, 2 marimbas, bass marimba, 4 timpani, 2 sizzle cymbals, ride cymbal, Chinese cymbal, tam-tam, orchestral bass drum, chocolo, maracas, cabaça, steel drums ( from C below middle C, to D above middle C), 4 tuned gongs ( B a 9th below middle C, C below middle C, E below middle C, E flat above middle C).

(6 Players)


Eglisak (1984-5)

2 marimbas, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, sizzle cymbal, ride cymbal, tam-tam, orchestral bass-drum, chocolo, maracas, cabaça.

(2-3 players)


Viennese Dance no.1(1985)

Glockenspiel (+ bow), crotales (+ bow), marimba, 7 roto-toms, tubular bells, orchestral bass drum, bell-tree, 2 windchimes, sleighbells, mark-tree, steel drums (from D flat below middle C, to B above Middle C), 5 suspended cymbals ( 2 need bows), 2 tam-tams ( + bows), tuned gongs ( chromatic, from B flat, a 9th below middle C, to E flat above middle C).

(6 players)


Pico's Flight (1986)

(full orchestra version)

Tubular bells, vibraphone (+ bow), marimba, glockenspiel, 4 suspended cymbals, 4 timpani, orchestral bass drum, tambourine (mounted, without skin), hi-hat (+ brushes), chocolo, maracas.

(3 players)

(chamber orchestra version)

Tubular bells, vibraphone (+ bow), marimba, glockenspiel, orchestral bass drum, 2 suspended cymbals ( one being sizzle, with good rivets), chocolo (+ optional maracas), tambourine ( without skin, mounted on hi-hat pedal).

(1 player)


Invention of Tradition (1988)

Tubular bells, 2 marimbas, vibraphone, glockenspiel, 3 timpani, 2 tam-tams, orchestral bass drum, 4 tuned gongs (E flat below middle C, G below middle C, Middle C, F above middle C), steel drums ( D below middle C to A flat above middle C), steel drums ( middle C to E flat, a 10th above middle C), crotales, mark-tree, 3 suspended cymbals (1 being ride, 1 being sizzle), 2 triangles, 4 woodblocks, 2 whips, maracas, chocolo, wind-machine, cabaça.

(4 players. n.b. all players need bows).


Four Elements (1990)

Tubular bells, vibraphone, marimba, orchestral bass drum, tam-tam, water-gong, large suspended cymbal, sizzle cymbal ( with good rivets), Japanese temple bell ("dabachi"), mark-tree, castanets, antique cymbals ( or cymbal tongs).

(2 players)


The War in Heaven (1993)

2 Tam-Tams, 3 suspended cymbals, 2 sets tubular bells (large diameter pipes), 3 snare drums, 2 glockenspiel, vibraphone, 1 set 2-octave crotales, Bass drum.

NB. all players need bass bows.

(3 Players NB. these are in a specific "stereo" layout - left, right and centre of orchestra)


Cello Concerto (1995)

bells, marimba, vibes, 2 suspended cymbals, Tam-Tam, Bass Drum, timps (4 drums)

(2 players)


Doctor Ox's Experiment (1997)

marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, tubular bells, cencerros, bass drum, tam-tam, sizzle cymbal, suspended cymbal, mark-tree, Chinese bell-tree, wind-machine, timpani (4 or 5 drums)

(3 players)