Bonhan is scored for a percussion ensemble of eight players. This work is an ode to rock drumming and drummers, most particularly Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer, the late John (“Bonzo”) Bonham. The core ostinato of the score, played by the drumset, is reminiscent of Led Zepplin’s When the Levee Breaks, although there are references to other Led Zepplins songs as well, such as Custard Pie and Royal Orleans. In addition, two other sources are cited: The Butterfield Blues Band (Get Yourself Together) and Bo Diddley, whose adoption of the traditional “hambone” rhythm added so much to the distinctive style of his material.
Completed in Fairport, New York on November 13, 1988, Bonham was commissioned by the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston by the Conservatory Percussion Ensemble conducted by its Music Director, Frank Epstein, to whom the is dedicated.
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Works for Percussion by this Composer
Bonham - Percussion Octet
Falcones Luminis - Percussion Quartet
Der gerettete Alberich - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
Ku-Ka-Ilimoku - Percussion Quartet
Mime - Snare Drum
Ogoun Badagris - Percussion Quintet