Simulating Assimilation

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James Rago

General Info

Year: 1975
Duration: c. 4:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CPP/Belwin
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Snare drum
Player II: Tenor drum
Player III: Suspended cymbal
Player IV: Bass drum, triangle
Player V: Timpani(2)

Program Notes

dedication: to my teacher and friend, Tony Cirone


Written for snare drum, tenor drum, suspended cymbal, bass drum/triangle and two timpani, Simulating Assimilation is an easy percussion quintet in the traditional percussion-section style. Approximately three minutes in length, it opens with four one- measure statements (separated by caesura), proceeds into a quick march tempo section (M.M. = 144) and closes with an eight-bar coda. The piece relies heavily on interplay between the parts, and rhythmic motives frequently reappear in different parts. Players use common percussion-section techniques and are not required to play anything more difficult than 16th-note triplets. No timpani tuning changes are required. The work would require either a conductor (due to the many stops and starts) or a cohesive group of players. The piece would work well as either a contest piece or percussion feature for a junior high school ensemble. - Terry O'Mahoney[1]



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