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Program Notes: Allegro for Percussion

 

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In Allegro for Percussion, a basic motif was developed using all the techniques I have learned so far including imitation, permutation, diminution, augmentation, retrograde, and many others. This piece was written for timpani, bass drum, snare drum, and cymbal. There was a constant cymbal part which ended up being a dotted quarter note every two measures. It changed only at the climax, but then it went right back to its original pattern. The snare part had its own motif which was developed in every way possible. The timpani imitated the bass drum part.

The style of this piece was similar to music after World War Two. It was mostly composed of rhythmic interest which is typically a giveaway of this style. Besides the timpani part, it had no melodic interest. Even the timpani part did not have much because it was just two notes going back and forth in different ways such as permutation and repetition.

The genre of this piece is chamber music. It is a little bit of a stretch, but chamber music fits the closest. Allegro for Percussion was written for a small group of musicians which could be two to four depending on whether it were to be played on a drum set or separate instruments. Another thing that makes it in this genre is the length of the piece.

I will definitely benefit from the methods that I used to alter the motifs in my composition in future writings, because it worked well and sounded good. I will not use as much repetition in one part because the bass drum part lost interest after a while. The strongest aspect is the technique. Everything is technically right, but it was weak at first in interest. Because of this, I had to develop a climax after the fact, which was not as strong as having one in the first draft. I learned a lot about what knowledge I already have an understanding of in music theory, and what I need to improve on in the future.