Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Raghavan
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Hartenberger, Russell
Composer / Arranger Details:

Russell Hartenberger is Professor of Percussion at the University of Toronto. He is a member of Nexus and has been a member of Steve Reich and Musicians since 1971.

Russell began his percussion studies in Oklahoma City with Alan Abel. After Mr. Abel left Oklahoma City to join the Philadelphia Orchestra, Russell studied with Tom Gauger and K. Dean Walker. He received his B.Mus degree from Curtis Institute where he studied with Fred D. Hinger. Upon graduation from Curtis, he joined the U. S. Air Force Band and toured throughout the U.S., Europe and South America as xylophone soloist. While in the Air Force Band, Russell received his M. Mus degree from Catholic University where he again studied with Alan Abel.

Russell holds a PhD in World Music from Wesleyan University where he studied mrdangam with Ramnad Raghavan of South India, tabla with Sharda Sahai of North India, Javanese Gamelan with Prawotosaputro and West African Drumming with Abraham Adzinyah.

He has been a member of the Oklahoma City Symphony, Philadelphia Lyric Opera Co., percussionist at the Marlboro Music Festival, Principal Percussion of the New Haven Symphony, timpanist with the Canadian Opera Company and performs often with the Toronto Symphony.

He has performed with the Paul Winter Consort, Ensemble Modern of Germany, John Wyre`s World Drums, Woodstock Beat, and New Music Concerts of Toronto. He also has worked and/or recorded with such diverse musicians as Gil Evans, Jimmy Garrison, John Cage, John Adams, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Glen Velez, Iannis Xenakis, Pablo Casals, Canadian Brass, Kronos String Quartet, Peter Serkin, Trichy Sankaran, Richard Stoltzman and Yo-Yo Ma.

With Steve Reich and Musicians he has recorded for ECM, DGG and Nonesuch Records. He performed on the Grammy Award winning recording of Music for 18 Musicians. With the Reich Ensemble, Russell has toured throughout the world and performed with the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Cologne Radio Orchestra, London Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic. The conductors he has played under include Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Peter Eotvos, Paul Hillyer, Brad Lubman and George Manahan.

As a member of Nexus Russell has performed with leading orchestras in North America, Europe and Asia. He performed on the Academy Award winning Full Length Documentary, The Man Who Skied Down Everest. His awards include the Toronto Arts Award in 1989, Banff Centre for the Arts National Award in 1997 and, along with the other members of Nexus, was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999.

Russell lives in Toronto with his wife, artist Bonnie Sheckter and their two daughters, Laura and Carla.


Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Multiple Percussion Solo
Instrumentation : Hi-Hats / Kick Bass Drum / Snare Drum / Tom (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : HoneyRock
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Peter Saleh
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Publisher :Honeyrock Publishing
Publishers Website :www.honeyrock.net
Publisher Details :

An eclectic collection of percussion music - hundreds of titles - including solos, ensembles and percussion features with wind ensemble and/or orchestra accompaniment. These titles offer a unique and noteworthy sampling of percussion performance literature and pedagogical perspective. With regard to difficulty, our performance literature runs the gamut, from beginning level works accessible to younger players, to those works that will challenge the most adventuresome college level players and professional performers. From this outstanding collection of contemporary percussion literature - we hope and expect you will find something that will help you make a joyful noise.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1998 /  1998
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :N/A
Sheet Music Available From :www.honeyrock.net      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Ramnad V Raghavan is a master of the mrdangam, the principal percussion instrument in the Carnatic music tradition of South India. This solo is based on mrdangam music taught to me by Raghavan while I was a graduate student in World Music at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

The solo is for snare drum and two tom-toms. The tom-toms should be tuned a perfect fourth apart. Accompanying the solo part is an ostinato which begins 8 measures before the solo part starts, and continues throughout the piece. The ostinato can be played by the solo performer on foot pedal bass drum and hi-hat. It can also be played by a second person on either foot pedal bass drum and hi-hat or bass drum and cymbals together. The ostinato can also be played by two other people on bass drum and cymbals.

The total number of times a repeated section is to be played is indicated at the end of each section. All the repeats must be taken.

-notes by the composer

Raghavan is part of a collection of solos entitled Portfolio for Snare Drum that was written by the members of Nexus.

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 03 February 2009 09:16:00 AM
This is an excellent group of snare solos appropriate for recitals.
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