Music for Kettledrums and Percussion Ensemble

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Jack Jenny

General Info

Year: 1981/1984?
Duration: c.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Publisher: Ludwig
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00






Player 1 - 4: xylophone, orchestra bells, marimba, vibraphone, triangle, suspended cymbals, snare drum, tom-toms, bell tree

Program Notes

premiere: 1 February 1981, Batelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, composer as soloist


Music for Kettledrums is an excellent addition to the small number of solo pieces with ensemble accompaniment. Written for four drums, the piece opens with a solo statement by the timpani. The solo includes numerous meter changes and requires some independence of playing near the center with one hand while playing in the normal playing area with the other. All pitch changes are clearly indicated. There are a few rapid tuning changes as well as audible and inaudible glissandi on specific pitches. The accompanying ensemble is a percussion quartet consisting of three mallet players and one multiple percussionist. Player 1 requires some three-mallet techniques and xylophone and player 3 has some four-mallet marimba pasages. This is a grade 4 solo and is highly recommended for the small college ensemble. Reviewed By: George Frock Review Originally Published: Fall 1986[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

At Odds: A Suite for Solo Snare DrumSnare Drum
Echoes beyond the ForeverPercussion Quartet; Tape
Ethos: A Six Mallet Marimba SoloMarimba
Fanfare to Devon - Percussion Trio later expanded to Sectet
ElectroPerc - Multiple Percussion, Electronic Soundscape
Gizmo - Percussion Ensemble & Sound Processor
Into the Sunset - Percussion Quintet
Music for Kettledrums and Percussion EnsemblePercussion Quintet; Timpani
North of the Star - Multiple Percussion, Max MSP
Pentagonals – Marimba
Ping, Pang, PongMultiple Percussion
Pursuit for Solo Marimba and Percussion EnsemblePercussion Septet; Marimba
Stratospheres - Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra or Concert Band
Three Moods for Marimba – Marimba
Three Scenes From The Scioto – Percussion Ensemble(14)

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