by Fred Emory
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes, Marimba—low A, 4 timpani, Drums (snare drum, 4 concert toms, concert bass drum), Cymbals (ride cymbal, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals), Accessories (tambourine, temple blocks, triangle, claves, shaker), Tam tam
Suite No. 1 for percussion ensemble will push intermediate players while keeping more advanced players on their toes as well. Shifting time signatures and some well-placed but tricky rest figures will ensure the entire ensemble is counting like crazy...and listening!
The piece makes use of a rhythmic motif in 4/4 time that is later explored in 7/8 time. Although not bombastic in nature, the work is certainly high in energy. A middle section turns lyrical and smooth until the drums take over once again. Conversational elements are present throughout, and the timpani part in particular will require a player who is comfortable carrying some small solo responsibilities. Occastional multitasking is also required.
Suite No. 1 could easily fit anywhere in your concert program where a slightly elevated heart rate is required!
This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-Rom containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.