Scored for solo percussionist, this piece could be perceived as falling somewhere in the gap between "classical" multiple percussion solos and more drum-set oriented works. Overall this is a subtly challenging work, that displays a number of musical references to the classical work referred to in it's title. A unique addition to the multi-percussion recital repertoire. adv. high school/college.
As the pedagogy of percussion has developed, it has become increasingly important to address the area of multiple percussion. Multi-percussion encompasses many typical performance genres from wind ensemble to drumset, or from a musical pit orchestra to some of the best repertoire available for solo percussionists. Regardless of career focus, almost any percussionist will be required to perform using more than one instrument in their daily routine.
Despite the importance of multi-percussion, there is a substantial gap in the pedagogical repertoire, leaving only a small selection of works for intermediate students to study. At the intermediate stage in a student’s development, it is important to work on bite-size pieces, where the focus can be on sound concepts and technical development. The solos in this collection are designed to bridge the gap for percussionists who are proficient on the core instruments (snare drum, timpani, and keyboards) yet not quite ready to tackle some of the advanced solo multipercussion repertoire that already exists.
When delving into multiple percussion solos, many schools face challenges with space as well as equipment. The solos in this collection ease this challenge. Multitudes contains nine solo pieces by different composers which all use the same nucleus of instruments. This provides a number of benefits to the performer and the institution: