Medium/Advanced Multi Percussion Duet
by Alan Keown
Instrumentation: 3 splash cymbals, 2 brake drums, 2 sets of bongos, 2 high toms, 2 low toms, 2 bass drums
An Apotheosis is the highest or best part of something. This Apotheosis celebrates the senior recital of the composer’s son and was written expressly for that purpose. Composed for two identical setups, each consisting of bongos, two toms, bass drum, brake drum, and three splash cymbals (shared by both players), this medium-advanced duet is mostly through-composed. It opens with a meter map in a three-bar grouping of 7/8 + 7/8 + 3/8, which some may recognize as the meter from the Yes song, Changes. It touches on a calmer, softer section and moves through a few metric modulations before culminating with a bombastic ending. Apotheosis is provided as a professionally bound folio and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and an audio recording.