Take Three

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Anthony Cirone

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Columbia
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: snare drum
Player II: cymbals α2
Player III: timpani(4)

Program Notes


Take Three is a percussion trio for snare drum crash cymbals, and four timpani (G,A,C,G). The piece is divided into three major sections--each section clearly marked with changes in meter and tempo. The first section alternates among 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4 at a fairly rapid moving tempo (quarter = 144). The center section changes to 3/8 where the dotted quarter equals 72. Finally the third section, marked Allegro, returns with the same thematic material evident in section one. A coda, marked Piu Vivo, takes the piece to a dramatic conclusion. At first glance, one might ask just why we need yet another percussion trio for snare drum, crash cymbals, and timpani. However, because of its musical content, Take Three separates itself from other trios written for educational purposes. Although the snare drum part is probably the most accessible to younger players, it will challenge the best of them. It consists of sixteenthnote figures, gradual and sudden dynamic changes, accents, ruffs, flams, and rolls of relatively short duration. The cymbal part is a real test of musicianship. It requires one to play several articulations throughout a wide range of dynamics. The cymbal part would make an excellent selection for an all-state audition. The timpani part is difficult for this level of piece, primarily because the part is so active--i.e. the player is consistently moving among all four drums while playing fairly complex rhythms. Mature musicianship is required by all three players. This isn't the type of piece that one can give to a group of immature students and expect them to prepare it without considerable instruction. Since it is full of changes in tempo and meter, as well as subtle changes in style, Take Three, in the hands of a good instructor and motivated students will yield a most desirable outcome. Recommended. - Cort McClaren, October 1991[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

4/4 for Four - Percussion Quartet
4-Mallet Etudes for Marimba - Marimba
4-Mallet Marimba Solos - Marimba
4-Mallet Studies for Marimba, Volume VI - Marimba
A Little Song - Percussion Sextet
A Sacred Mass for Chorus and Percussion - Percussion Quartet; Chorus
Advanced Marimba Duets, Volume III - Marimba Duo
Assimilation - Percussion Sextet
Boom-Whap - Percussion Sextet
Cairo Suite - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Dichotomy - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Double Concerto for Two Percussion and Orchestra - Percussion Duo; Orchestra
Double Fanfare - Percussion Ensemble (12) - Harrison/Cirone
Drums Galore - Percussion Sextet
Finale - Percussion Sextet
Five Items for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble - Marimba; Percussion Quintet
Five Items for Soprano and Percussion - Percussion Quintet; voice
Four/Four for Four - Percussion Quartet
Fugue - Cirone - Percussion Quartet
Fugue for Percussion Sextet - Percussion Sextet
Gliding Along - Percussion Sextet
Japanese Impressions - Percussion Quintet
March Right In - Percussion Sextet
Nervous Notes - Percussion Sextet
NYSD: Orchestral Suite for Solo Snare Drum - Solo Percussion
Overture in Percussion - Percussion Quintet
Pentadic Striations - Percussion Quartet
Percussionality - Percussion Quintet
Processional - Percussion Sextet
Samba Classico - Percussion Quartet
Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Percussion - Percussion; Trumpet
Sonata No. 3 for Clarinet and Percussion - Percussion; Clarinet
Sonata No. 4 - Percussion; Violin; Piano
Sonata No.1 for Timpani and Piano - Timpani; Piano
Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Symphony No. 2 for Percussion - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Symphony No.3 (Sacred) - Percussion Sextet
Take Three - Percussion Trio
Three Phases - Percussion Quartet
Triptych - Percussion Quartet
Unaccompanied Solos for Marimba - Marimba

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