Aeolian Dreams was written at a time in the composer's life when he was preparing to move across the country and begin a new career. In his own words, the piece "interweaves the reflections I felt
According to Sir Isaac Newton, aether permeated all of space and was the medium which enabled all light and energy to traverse through it. This piece attempts to encapsulate this concept through the
Stretched, warped, distorted, de-tuned, and mangled. Such was the fate of the recordings composer Pat Jacobs made using only a snare drum in order to create the fresh and energetic soundscape that
Written for snare drum, kick drum, and hi-hat, Amalgamation features stylistic elements of famed French percussionist Jacques Delcluse and the popular New York percussionist Joseph Tompkins.
There is an Aristotelian notion that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is a concept known as emergence. In his quintet Amidst, John Ling has taken this concept to heart,
Written and dedicated to his nephew, Andy by Michael Charles Smith is a medium-level marimba solo that is bubbly, full of energy, but also intense and complicated at times - just like its
Animals is a loosely programmatic suite for percussion quartet in three movements by Brian Slawson. In Small, Medium, and Large, each player is assigned a specific animal name to help define their
An apotheosis is the highest or best part of something. This Apotheosis celebrates the senior recital of the composer's son and was written expressly for that purpose. Composed for two identical
Avalanche Lake was inspired by views of the forest, mountains, and waterfalls that surround and lie within Glacier National Park. The piece features a standard array of percussion instruments which
Chad Heiny’s brilliant piece Bad Juju juxtaposes deep African grooves played on traditional instruments and dissonant harmonic material played on three marimbas to create a feeling of uneasy
Beacons of Light uses a variety of bright, metallic instruments like crotales, sizzle cymbals, and multiple clusters of chimes to represent actual beacons of light. This moving and thoughtful
At the first performance of Beethoven’s immortal Seventh Symphony, the audience demanded an encore of the second movement immediately following its premiere. This adaptation of Joachim
Ludwig van Beethoven is regarded by many as the greatest composer in the history of music. He was prone to sudden mood swings often reflected in his music. This excerpt from his Piano Sonata 13, Op.27 No. 1
John Herndon's Begin Transmission is an exciting work for percussion ensemble designed for students with about one year of experience. The mallet parts primarily feature step-wise motion and lay
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