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Music Text

from the decree of Dutch independence from Spain 'Plakkat van Verlatingen' 1581, descriptions of shipbuilding by Nicolaes Witsen (1690


SoloT-2S,2A,2T,2B-3.0.2corA.5.3bcl.0- gtr-perc(5):
3marimbas(=glsp/vib/bass marimba)/snare dr/2BD/lg log drum/
2lg metal boxes played with hammers/tam-t/timp/2sets of tom-t/
metal chimes(ad lib)-2pft-2synth-2gtr-strings(
Ensemble should be balanced by electronic amplification

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