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by Alan Keown
Instrumentation: 4 bass drums, 4 sets of bongos
Dedicated to legendary percussionist and educator Charles Dowd, Alan Keown’s Partials is a drummy, raucous work for unpitched percussion quartet. Each of the four players has an identical setup of one bass drum and a set of bongos. Via metric modulations, frequent conversation and trading of accent patterns around the ensemble, and bombastic unisons, Keown tips his hat toward two of Dowd’s favorite pieces: Lift-Off! by Russell Peck and Rip-Off by Rick Kvistad.
Partials comes as a full, bound score including a CD-Rom containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.