by Chad Floyd
Instrumentation: Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba—low A, Drums (piccolo snare drum, snare drum, djembe), Cymbals & gongs (wind gong, China cymbal, sizzle cymbal,hi-hat), Accessories (2 pitches of log drums, cabasa, low jam block)
Triptych Boom features a snare soloist backed by three multipercussionists. The snare drummer is presented with an ever-changing combination of sticks, brushes, and hands while exploring a number of creative techniques in which the drum is played. The accompaniment parts are equally intriguing, as the percussionists are called on to manage multiple instruments, sticks, mallets, and hand techniques. This accompanying trio creates a uniquely colorful backing for the soloist and composer Chad Floyd crafted several moments where clever interplay occurs between all players. The result is a blend of subtlety, groove, color, and all around originality.
As an added extra, this piece comes with an alternate “solo only” version that includes an electro-acoustic audio backing track. Much of the snare part in this optional, slightly longer (6:05) version is the same; the audio accompaniment, however, varies greatly from the trio version.
Triptych Boom is provided as a full, bound folio and a CD-ROM containing printable parts, a live audio recording, as well as accompanying sheet music and audio files for the optional version with audio accompaniment.