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breathing with the flowing of the

perfect throbbing of the ecstatic light


percussion quintet
Matthew Lee Knowles
March 2021

The metronome mark should be chosen by the ensemble


as part of the performance, in the following way:
each player writes a number on their hand then the player 1 has 2 instruments
average is calculated and that number becomes the q beat. player 2 has 3 instruments
This piece then could easily be unplayable. player 3 has 4 instruments
player 4 has 5 instruments
The first beat of each bar should be emphasised by at player 5 has 6 instruments
least one person, but left to chance, meaning that
occasionally some bars may go without emphasis. Move to your next instrument
when the colour changes
All instruments are non-pitched and can be traditional or just
slapping custard; be imaginative, think visually as well as aurally.

4 5 6 7
1 4 4 4 4
4 5 6 7
2 4 4 4 4
4 5 6 7
3 4 4 4 4
4 5 6 7
4 4 4 4 4
4 5 6 7
5 4 4 4 4

8 9 10
1 4 4 4
8 9 10
2 4 4 4
8 9 10
3 4 4 4
8 9 10
4 4 4 4
8 9 10
5 4 4 4
2

11 12
1 4 4
11 12
2 4 4
11 12
3 4 4
11 12
4 4 4
11 12
5 4 4

13 14
1 4 4
13 14
2 4 4
13 14
3 4 4
13 14
4 4 4
13 14
5 4 4

15
1 4
15
2 4
15
3 4
15
4 4
15
5 4

16
1 4
16
2 4
16
3 4
16
4 4
16
5 4
3

17
1 4
17
2 4
17
3 4
17
4 4
17
5 4

18
1 4
18
2 4
18
3 4
18
4 4
18
5 4

19
1 4
19
2 4
19
3 4
19
4 4
19
5 4

20
1 4
20
2 4
20
3 4
20
4 4
20
5 4
4

21
1 4
21
2 4
21
3 4
21
4 4
21
5 4

22
1 4
22
2 4
22
3 4
22
4 4
22
5 4

23
1 4
23
2 4
23
3 4
23
4 4
23
5 4

24
1 4
24
2 4
24
3 4
24
4 4
24
5 4
5

25
1 4
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2 4
25
3 4
25
4 4
25
5 4

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1 4
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2 4
26
3 4
26
4 4
26
5 4

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1 4
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2 4
27
3 4
27
4 4
27
5 4

28
1 4
28
2 4
28
3 4
28
4 4
28
5 4
6

29
1 4
29
2 4
29
3 4
29
4 4
29
5 4

30
1 4
30
2 4
30
3 4
30
4 4
30
5 4

31
1 4
31
2 4
31
3 4
31
4 4
31
5 4

32
1 4
32
2 4
32
3 4
32
4 4
32
5 4
7

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1 4
33
2 4
33
3 4
33
4 4
33
5 4

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1 4
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2 4
34
3 4
34
4 4
34
5 4

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1 4
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2 4
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3 4
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4 4
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5 4

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1 4
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2 4
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3 4
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4 4
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5 4
8

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1 4
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2 4
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3 4
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4 4
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5 4

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1 4
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2 4
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3 4
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4 4
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5 4

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1 4
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2 4
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3 4
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4 4
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5 4

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1 4
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2 4
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3 4
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4 4
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5 4
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1 4
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2 4
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3 4
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4 4
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5 4

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1 4
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2 4
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