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    Hello,

    I wanted to start this thread to shed some light on the beauty and versatility of the steelpan. I will post videos of the steelpan performing classical music as I find them.

    Also; if there are any questions or comments about the instrument, I will be more than happy to address them.

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    The first videos I want to post are a composition by Liam Teague titled "A Visit to Hell". He originally composed it for solo steelpan (tenor pan), and it was then arranged for steelpan and orchestra by Jamie Whitmarsh.

    The first video is of Liam Teague performing his composition.
    The second and third video is of David Aarons and the NIU Philharmonic performing the orchestral arrangement done by Jamie Whitmarsh.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odVctUpceQ8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6rxaGdhlBg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgt4xGjh4Bw

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    Steelpans... Takemitsu uses several in his excellent percussion concerto, "From Me Flows what You Call Time."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzMI7pqv7E


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    Shoot, I was trying to post directly under your reply......hold on
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Steelpans... Takemitsu uses several in his excellent percussion concerto, "From Me Flows what You Call Time."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzMI7pqv7E
    I don't like music like this...It makes me ask myself: "What the hell am I doing?!"

    More seriously, thanks for posting this link! Japanese love steelpan!! The only criticism with the pan on this recording is the tone of the instrument. It's rather abrasive and is fairly primitive to what instruments are able to sound like today. That is only being said without knowledge of any intentions by the composer/conductor/whoever.

    Yes!! Thanks again for posting.

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    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Yes!! Steelpan concerto by Jan Bach. It was composed for Liam Teague while they were faculty/student at Northern Illinois University. It has also been featured on the NIU concerto competition concert by Mia Gormandy and soon to be Josanne Francis on February 12, 2014.

    Here is Liam Teague performing the concerto with the Taiwan National Symphony (in 3 parts):

    Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ay0wJ9KPdY

    Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL9TkMXiSQk

    Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkHXNnhtMC8

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    Sur Incises by Boulez has steel drums

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    As does Grisey's Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil.

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