Multiple Percussion: 15 drums, 14 metals
As is often the case with percussion music, this piece was written blind, so to speak: the first draft is little more than a proposal to the percussionist who lets the composer know what is possible and what isn’t. Despite working with percussion for a number of years I have always underestimated both the percussionists’ abilities and the demands I make on them. What may appear as a moderate piece on the keyboard is amplified a hundredfold in difficulty and effect when translated, say, on to drums.
I wrote Akrodha (meaning ‘freedom from anger’ for Jonny in 1998. When I arrived to rehearse with him, I rested in the adjoining room while he warmed up. Suddenly I heard what sounded like a whole tribe of drummers going wild next door. It turned out I had written, to my embarrassment, an unspeakably difficult piece, and Jonny, without a murmur, had followed my demands to the letter.
The piece is in two movements, one with metal instruments and one with drums, and is dedicated to Jon
commission: Swedish Concert Institute; premiere: Stockholm New Music Festival, Jonny Axelsson, soloist
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Works for Percussion by this Composer
Akrodha - Multiple Percussion
Asanga - Multiple Percussion
Chakra - Percussion Trio
Chakra for 3 percussionists and orchestra - Percussion Trio; Orchestra
Concerto for Solo Percussion and Ensemble - Multiple Percussion; Chamber Ensemble
She who sleeps with a small blanket - Multiple Percussion