Percussion

Contemporary classical works for Percussion – a collection of modern percussion music and arrangements by composer David Avshalomov, with sound files and scores.
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view score Allegro glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, timpani (4-5 pedal) 5′ 1972
Order This» Colorful, rhythmic, motive-rich etude unfolding the potential of the pitched percussion quartet. Varied sonata form in diminished scale, built around opening motives; dance-like B tune in vibraphone. Bouncy changing meters and interweaving scale passages. First Prize, Aspen Festival Composition Competition 1972. Notes»
view score Chiaroscuro glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, timpani (4-5 pedal) 5′ 1958/63
Order This» Ringing monothematic etude in whole-tone scale, moderate speed; fugal middle. Notes»
(ed. score) view score Concerto con Timpani (Battaglia) timpani soli (6-7), strings, harpsichord continuo 14′ 1992
Order This» Concerto, early 18th-century concertato style. May use hand-tuned drums. Fun to play and hear. Score is style-edited, with Baroque performance guidelines. (Written under the nom de plume G. F. Salomon) Notes»
I. Intrada, Grave/ Allegro 3’40
Ouverture (slow/fast/slow). Regal fanfare start/end. Rhythmic passages alternating between showy, busy soloist and ripieno, flashy drumming near the end.
II. Largo sostenuto 5’35
Slow, elegant, affect of mourning.
III. Presto 3’40
Rattling fast movement with longer solo passages, flashy wrap-up, echo ending.
view score Diversion violin, 5 pedal timpani 5′ 1966
Order This» Dancy etude in repeating polymeters that unfolds from a bouncing, rhythmic motif. Simple, tonal, and popular. ABA form; lyrical middle with drums on the melody; brash ending. Written for my Harvard senior recital. See on YouTube Notes»
view score Drum Row 5-8 unpitched percussion 2′ 1980
Order This» Final variation from Lifeboat Variations. Rhythmic chain of micro-variations on the pitch shape of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” showing off the non-pitched percussion. Smash ending. Finalist, Korg contest 1989.
view score Glockenspiel March Band w/solo glockenspiel (or bell lyra) section (3) 2’20 2002
Order This» Sprightly, simple, honest, fun, old-fashioned gazebo novelty march. Big start, contrasts of choirs, soft-shoe sandpaper break, reprise given to the 3 glockenspiels (or bell lyras). Playfully pompous “I Love Lucy/Til Eulenspiegel” ending. Notes»
view score Temple Goddess (Angkor Wat) 5-6 percussion: glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, optional vibraphone, 2 tam tams (flat), timpani (4) 1′ 1994
Order This» Quick Asian-flavor prelude, gongs/timpani ostinato with busy unison pentatonic melody in all mallets, speeding up to bright ending. Notes»

PERCUSSION TRANSCRIPTIONS

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view score Schumann Prophet Bird 5 pitched percussion (glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, timpani; optional chime) 3′ Order This»
view score Bach Sinfonia, Cantata 129 marimba (or xylophone) solo (or duet) with concert band 3’15 Order This»
no digital score available Debussy Feu d’artifice 10-12 percussion, mostly pitched 5′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Grasshopper’s Wedding 6 percussion 1’45 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Song of the Feast 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bear Dance 6 percussion 1’45 Order This»
view score Bartok Interrupted Melody (Mikrokosmos 83) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Notturno (Mikrokosmos 97) vibraphone (or marimba), timpani 1’45 Order This»
view score Bartok Melody in the Mist (Mikrokosmos 107) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok From the Island of Bali (Mikrokosmos 109) 5 percussion 2′ Order This»
view score Bartok Clashing Sounds (Mikrokosmos 110) vibraphone, marimba 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Variations on a Folk Tune (Mikrokosmos 112) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Bulgarian Rhythm (Mikrokosmos 113) 6-8 percussion 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Triplets in 9/8 (Mikrokosmos 118) vibraphone, marimba 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Fifth Chords (Mikrokosmos 120) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Staccato (Mikrokosmos 124) timpani, vibraphone, marimba 1’15 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Boating (Mikrokosmos 125) timpani, vibraphone, marimba 1’25 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Time Change (Mikrokosmos 126) 6 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Alternating 3rds (Mikrokosmos 129) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Unison (Mikrokosmos 137) 6 percussion 1’25 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bagpipe (Mikrokosmos 138) 6 percussion 1’20 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Merry Andrew (Mikrokosmos 139) vibraphone, marimba 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok 2nds & 7ths (Mikrokosmos 144) 6 percussion 4′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Ostinato (Mikrokosmos 146) 6 percussion 2’15 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bulgarian Rhythm 1 (Mikrokosmos 148) 6 percussion 1’45 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bulgarian Rhythm 6 (Mikrokosmos 153) 6 percussion 2′ Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 1 4-5 percussion 0’45 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 2 4-5 percussion 0’46 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 4 4 percussion 0’30 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 5 4 percussion 0’20 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 6 6 percussion 1′ Order This»