Three Moods for Percussion

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David Mancini

General Info

Year: 1972
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio4
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Snare drum, tenor drum, field drum, tom-toms(2), bass drum, suspended cymbals(2), wood block
Player II: Tom-toms(4), timbales, bongos, gongs(2), tambourine

Program Notes

written for: Gordon Stout and the composer; premiere: Spring 1972, Eastman School of Music


Three Moods is a duet for two percussionists. Player 1 uses woodblock, snare drum, field drum, tenor drum, bass drum, high, medium and low suspended cymbals and medium and low tom-toms. Player 2 uses tambourine, bongos, timbales, four deep tom-toms and high, medium and low gongs. Movement I starts freely with an interplay between the players and eventually ends in a 6/8 metered section that then returns to a free section, which again returns to the 6/8 meter with a final closing statement in free time. Movement II is all free in style and incorporates the sustaining qualities of the percussion instruments, e.g., gongs and rolls. There is one brief fugal section in a steady pulse but basically Movement II is in a free style. Like Movement I, Movement III moves from free tempos to strict tempos with each strict tempo getting faster. The final strict tempo in 4/4 is quarter note = 144-152. Basically Movement I and III are in an A-B-A-B style while Movement II is A with a subtle B and brief A. Three Moods is an excellent duet for percussion. Although not a new work, it certainly has weathered the test of time and it sounds just as fresh now that it has finally been published as it did when it was performed by Dave Mancini and Gordon Stout at the Eastman School of Music in 1972. This type of composition requires mature players to realize the full potential of the interplay of the free sections. The strict tempo sections are not that difficult, and with a reasonable amount of practice they can be mastered. This work is excellent for a college duet recital or for good high school performers. Reviewed By: John Beck Review Originally Published: December 1996[1]



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