Contemplation for Percussion Ensemble

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Matthew Coley

General Info

Year of Published: 2010
Publisher: Edition Svitzer
Difficulty: Intermediate
Cost: $34.00


Player 1: 4 Timpani
Player 2: Bass Drum
Player 3: Tambourine & 3 Tom-Toms
Player 4: Cymbal & 3 Snare Drums
Player 5: 3 Cowbells
Player 6: 4 Wood-Blocks
Player 7: 5 Brake Drums
Player 8: Hi-Hat & Cymbal & Tam-Tam


Contemplation was originally written in 2004 as a dance and percussion collaboration. The choreographer I was collaborating with was after a piece of music that exhibited a clear beat for the dancers but had multiple sections and moods to work with. The percussion parts were written with limited resources in mind. I was teaching at various schools throughout Chicago and was inspired to write interesting and contemplative music that could be performed in most music school situations. Over the years the piece has proven to be very successful as a concert piece, however dance is always a welcomed addition to my music. Contemplation is dedicated to the Iowa State University Percussion Ensemble.

Recent Performance

Works for Percussion by this Composer

80 on 80 - Percussion Quintet
Contemplation for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Octet
Elucidatrix - Marimba, Percussion Octet
Fugue V in F Minor
Grand Galop Chromatique
Grand Tarantelle
Morning Across the Fields
Rivers of Rage - Marimba Quartet & Percussion Ensemble
Solar Flurries - Marimba Ensemble 4, 5, 8 or more