Percussion Instruments 7

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173BI7 Z 7 1T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of study in this department is to achieve interpretive mastery of the entire set of instruments. There is a great number of them, from individual quite challenging devices, membranophonic, idiophonic, melodic, ethnic to new multi-percussion instruments. Many have arisen in the second half of the last century through the needs of composers for multiple types of sounds, colors and rhythms mastered by a single player.

Students should be able to perform solo and chamber works and lead a group of drummers, to be a soloists of a symphony orchestra.

Mode of study

Regular individual consultations

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No prerequisites.

Course contents

Broadening technical skills on individual sets of percussion instruments, particularly typani and small drums. Building a repertoire of solo compositions for these and other percussion instruments, primarily multi-percussion.

A basic emphasis is placed on interpretation of 20th century music bringing to percussion instruments qualitatively, completely new sound potential, expression resources and playing techniques. Finally, 20th century music presents new challenges for intellectual approaches to composition interpretation ideas and their realization.

Recommended or required reading

D. Lang: The Anvil Chorus

S. Reich: Clapping

A. Jolivet: Concert pour Percussion et Orchestre

M. Haase: Ormai

Etudes for snare drum and timpani: Kotonski, Zegalski, Delecluse, Wilcoxon, Berger, Osadchuk

Vic Firth: Snare Drum Method 1+2

George L. Stone: Stick Control for the Snare Drummer

George L. Stone: Accents and Rebounds for the Snare Drummer

Anthony J. Cirone: Portraits in Rhythm: 50 Studies for Snare Drum

Assessment methods and criteria

Initiative and creative approach throughout the whole semester (Instructor assessment)



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