2016 – for percussion quartet – 4:15
Pecker is the name of the main and title character in a 1998 film by John Waters. Pecker is a Baltimore sandwich shop employee who becomes an overnight sensation when the photos he’s taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called “Pecker” because he pecks at his food like a bird.
This short and quirky composition aims to capture the innocent and happy-go-lucky character of Pecker. Pecker is curious about the world but not in an aggressive way. And meanwhile the world loves Pecker right back.
With a uniquely combined 17 different percussion instruments performed by 4 different percussionists, this composition aims to evoke Pecker in all his understated glory!
– Frank Horvat
2 Wood Blocks
Indonesian Toy Gamelan Metalophone (A, C#, D, E, A, C#)
Indian Ankle Bells
Tiny Keyboard with Crappy Organ Sounds
3 Graduated Pitch Wood Blocks
5 Pitched Bells (C, D, E, F, A)
Small Tam Tam