by David K. Bakken
Instrumentation: 4 timpani, Suspended cymbal, Drums (snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum), Accessories (temple blocks, brake drum)
David K. Bakken’s septet, The King of Epic Validation, was named after one of his students, Kevin (K-King, E-Epic, V-Validation). The idea is that by successfully managing each of the varying time signatures presented in the piece, the performers would feel a strong sense of accomplishment, and therefore validated in their musical achievement. In addition to managing these time signatures, this piece, though sometimes short-lived, gives each performers the opportunity to be featured. As Bakken puts it, “[As teachers,] providing an opportunity for our students to excel is our highest ambition.”
The King of Epic Validation comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts for printing as well as a full audio recording.