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Drumming - Part One by Steve Reich (Score Only)

Model # 48022706 By: Boosey & Hawkes
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  • Overview

    • For 4 Percussionists
    • Incorporates Phasing
    • Small Setup
    • Small, Fully Bound Score
    • Difficulty: Advanced +
    • Duration: 15:00
  • Item Details

    Drumming - Part One by Steve Reich is the first movement of what has been described as "minimalism's first masterpiece", playable by four percussionists. It was written just after Reich's studies in Ghana, inspired by the traditional communal African drumming he experienced there.

    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. Besides the highly advanced concept of phasing, performers must memorize a significant amount of music that is completely made of repetitive patterns. Not getting lost is an achievement all by itself.

    Drumming - Part One is only a movement of the original work, but it's certainly capable of being a major piece of music all by itself. In fact, this movement is played standalone far more often than the source material.

    Difficulty: Advanced +

    Duration: 15:00

    Instrumentation: 8 Small Tuned Bongo Drums (4 Pairs)

    This small, fully-bound score does not include individual parts.

  • Specifications

    Name Drumming - Part One by Steve Reich (Score Only)
    Brand Boosey & Hawkes
    Model # 48022706
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