One of the questions I am asked the most is about the sword pulling noise in The Legend of King Arthur.
When I wrote this, instead of putting specific directions as to how to create the sound, I thought it better to allow the percussionists to be creative and come up with their own method, that suited them and their imaginations.
However, I thought I’d share with you a note I received from Michael Bach, who commissioned and premeiered the piece, as to how he created the sound.
- 1x Glissando on Tubular Bells with rear end of Hammers (using both arms starting with crossed arms) => sounds “shreeeeeng”
- 1x Roll on a double Cymb (2 cymbals, probably crash, of the same size directly put on top of each other, played with Hard sticks) => Sounds “shhhhhh”
- 1x glissando on tubes ( !) of Vibraphone, using wooden sticks, both hands , sounds “krrrrrrrong”
- 1x glissando on tubes of Marimba