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Drumming by Steve Reich (Score Only)

Model # 48021177 By: Boosey & Hawkes
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  • Overview

    • Epic Minimalist Masterpiece
    • For 12-13 Musicians
    • Incorporates Phasing
    • Small, Fully Bound Score
    • Difficulty: Advanced +
    • Duration: 55:00 - 85:00
  • Item Details

    Drumming by Steve Reich has been described as "minimalism's first masterpiece", and it is indeed an epic piece of music. It was written just after Reich's studies in Ghana, clocking in at somewhere between 55 and 85 minutes in length.

    The players will need to master a technique called phasing where both players play the same pattern, but one player begins to go just a bit slower to 'phase' out of time, progressively falling further and further behind until the pattern is effectively one beat off from itself. It's really hard to do, but the effect is mind-bending if done right.

    The challenges of this piece reserve it for the only the most advanced players. Other than the issue of phasing, performers must also memorize a huge amount of music that is completely made of repetitive patterns. Not getting lost is an achievement all by itself.

    Drumming is written in four movements, each requiring a different instrumentation:

    • Part One* - 8 Small Tuned Bongo Drums (4 Pairs)
    • Part Two - 3 Marimbas, 2 or 3 Female Voices
    • Part Three - 3 Glockenspiels, Whistler, Piccolo
    • Part Four - All Previous Instruments Combined

    *Drumming - Part One is often played as a standalone piece of music. The score for this movement alone is available separately.

    Difficulty: Advanced +

    Duration: 55 - 85 Minutes

    This small, fully bound score does not include individual parts

  • Specifications

    Name Drumming by Steve Reich (Score Only)
    Brand Boosey & Hawkes
    Model # 48021177
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  • Returns & Shipping


    Because of copyright issues, we cannot accept returns on sheet music, books, audio CDs, and DVDs. Thanks for your understanding. Official Return Policy


    Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Everything is carefully packed by hand - we know just how delicate this stuff can be, and how important it is to you.

    We ship from centrally-located Dallas, Texas. Howdy y'all!

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