Advanced Solos for Snare Drum

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John H. Beck

General Info

Year: 1990
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kendor
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



snare drum

Program Notes

dedication: to the composer's son, John R. Beck

Advanced Solos for Snare Drum is a wonderful addition to the recital and contest repertoire for snare drum. John Beck has dedicated this collection to his son John R. Beck. The book contains four different solos. Two of the solos are listed at grade-5 and two are listed at grade6. It is my opinion that the difficulty of these solos is more accurately reflected with grade-4 and grade-5 listings. Double-Timing is the first solo in the collection and features some very creative shifts in and out of doubletime phrasing. The second solo, titled Rudiwaltz, utilizes an assortment of various rudimental figures to evoke a waltz phrasing in 3/8. Also contained in this solo is a well-written modulation into a contrasting middle section based in 3/4. Two for Six is slightly more difficult and features various contrasting rhythmic material which shifts between 2/4 and 6/8 throughout the solo. Since the pulse remains the same for the entire solo, the shift between meters sets up a nice play between duple and triple-based figures. The final solo in this collection, titled J R. Special, is no doubt named after John's son. This solo begins and concludes in a very uptempo 6/8 meter with a contrasting middle section based in 2/4. The 2/4 material adds nice variety to the solo with a series of 6-stroke and 15-stroke roll figures notated in thirty-second-note patterns. A wide range of dynamics is specified for each solo. Accents and stickings are clearly indicated throughout and contribute to the musical phrasing of each solo. Advanced Solos for Snare Drum is a valuable educational resource. High-school and college students will enjoy performing these solos.

Reviewed By: Doug Wolf

Review Originally Published: June 1991

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

10 Intermediate Snare Drum SolosSnare Solo
Advanced Solos for Snare Drum – Snare Solo
Alpine SlideTimpani Solo
Bicentennial Drummer – Snare Solo
Colonial Capers – Snare Solo
Colonial Drummer – Snare Solo
Colonial Episode – Snare Solo
Concerto for Drum Set & Percussion EnsemblePercussion Septet; with Drum set
Concerto for Timpani and Percussion EnsemblePercussion Quintet; with Timpani
Cross-Over March – Timpani Solo
Episode for Solo PercussionMultiple Percussion Solo
Episodes for Percussion TrioPercussion Trio
Flams, Ruffs & RollsSnare Drum Method
Four to OnePercussion Duo
G-Force – Percussion Trio
Grand Duchy – Timpani Solo
Grand Teton – Timpani Solo
In and Out of the PocketPercussion Quartet
In the Pocket – Percussion Quartet
Interactions for Timpani and SoundTimpani Solo; with Electronics
IstraMultiple Percussion Solo
Jazz MiniaturePercussion Sextet
Jazz VariantsPercussion Octet
Latin Fantasy – Percussion Sextet
Little March – Percussion Sextet
Modulations – Timpani Solo
Motives – Timpani Solo; with Piano
Overture for Percussion Ensemble (Beck) – Percussion Octet
Siegfried Fink Siegfried - Fink Luxembourg – Snare Drum Solo
Snake River – Timpani Solo
Sonata for Timpani (Beck) – Timpani Solo
St. Patrick's Shenanigan – Percussion Trio
The Inverted Pyramid – Multiple Percussion Solo
Three Episodes for Timpani – Timpani Solo; with Piano
Three Movements for Five Timpani – Timpani Solo
Triptych Motif – Timpani Solo

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