by Brian Blume
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba (low A), 4 timpani (optional), Drums (djembe, 2 toms (medium & large), concert BD), Cymbals & gongs (5 suspended cymbals (3 are optional), Accessories (wind chimes, mark tree, tambourine)
Composed during the transition of spring to summer, Brian Blumes’s percussion ensemble piece West Winds is inspired by the mild and gentle winds that usher in a new season. In this piece, Blume utilizes different percussive effects like clusters of various wind chimes, mark trees, and suspended cymbals to create the illusion of wind sounds. As a contrast to this ambient and lyrical music, the piece also features a very deep groove with tom-toms and a djembe part creating rhythmic interest throughout. The timpani part is optional, making the piece performable by 9-10 players.
West Winds comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.