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Craig McNutt - Boston Ballet

Craig’s setup from the Boston Ballet performance of Études by Carl Czerny - Adapted and Orchestrated by Knudåge Riisager with Jonathan McPhee conducting
“These performances were at The Boston Opera House, home of the Boston Ballet. Although there are a few of us in the percussion section, sometimes parts still have to be split between players. For Études, the triangle was divided among three percussionists, thus the use of two Miller Machines in the pit.  For my part, I played mostly mallets – hence the Adams Xylophone stacked over a Korogi Pedal Glockenspiel. Due to the extensive bell part requiring a pedal glock, the xylo/glock stacking was reversed from what it usually is.

I ended up using three different triangles. One was played hand-held, one was mounted upside down for playing with mallets, and I used the Miller Machine. Having the Machine was invaluable for quick switches while still allowing for a proper triangle sound.

A Grover heat treated tambourine and Pearl Philharmonic solid shell snare round out my setup.”

Check out Craig’s website and the website for the Boston Ballet.