Posted By : peterjarvis
Piece Title : Drum Set Solo
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Composer / Arranger : Saperstein, David
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David Saperstein was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island and in New Jersey. His first musical studies were at home with his father. His first formal studies in Musical Composition were with Jacob Druckman at the Juilliard Pre-College Division. He continued his musical studies at Princeton University, where he was a student of Milton Babbitt, and at Brandeis University, with Martin Boykan. An award winner at an early age, David was one of the youngest winners of the BMI Awards to Student Composers, and is a seven-time winner of the ASCAP Standard Award. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Musical Composition and was an Associate Fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. A former member of the music faculty at Brooklyn College, Mr. Saperstein’s music has been heard in the United States as well as abroad, with performances taking place at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the American Academy and Villa La Pariola (the American Ambassador’s Residence) in Rome, Villa Schiffanoia in Florence, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles, and at many colleges and conservatories around the country.

The performers who have played Mr. Saperstein’s music include the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and New Jersey New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Peter Jarvis and Raymond DesRoches, the Purchase Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dominic Donato, Speculum Musicae, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the Composers Guild of New Jersey. Mr. Saperstein’s Antiphonies for Percussion is recorded on a Nonesuch CD.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Drumset Percussion
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Instrumentation : Drum Kit
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Written for / Commissioned by : Composed for Peter Jarvis commissioned by Calabrese Brothers Music
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Publisher :Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC
Publishers Website :www.calabresebrothersmusic.com
Publisher Details : Publishes contemporary composers
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2008 / 
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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Drum Set Solo (2008) was composed at the request of Peter Jarvis and commissioned by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC. It was inspired, in part, by Mr. Jarvis’ considerable virtuosity and versatility as percussionist, composer, conductor, and editor. The other source of inspiration giving impetus to the completion of this work was the celebration, on the 4th of July, 2008, of our country’s 232nd birthday, with what has become traditional in our celebration of this holiday: the fireworks displays, the parades, and other festive cultural events. Inspired by the wise words of our founding fathers and with fond birthday wishes for our great land, I set to work on Drum Set Solo on the long holiday weekend and completed it shortly thereafter. Although the piece is intended as a work of classical music for the concert hall, it employs a set of percussion instruments that is usually associated with popular music and the dance hall. This set of instruments is known as the “drum set” or “trap drums”. In this particular piece, a fairly standard drum set combination of seven instruments is required: bass drum, floor tom-tom, mounted tom-tom, a snare drum, a “high-hat” cymbal, a “ride” cymbal and a “crash” cymbal. The work is in three sections: the first section proceeds slowly - an accelerando brings the listener into the second section which contains a “snares off” passage and a very soft passage calling for the use of wire brushes - and a ritardando brings the listener back to the original tempo for the final section.” – David Saperstein

Drum Set Solo was premiered by Peter Jarvis on November 18, 2009 at the Payers Theater in New York City.

Drum Set Solo is included in Drumset Music for the Concert Stage, volume 1 which is an anthology of drumset pieces commissioned for Peter Jarvis by Calabrese Brothers Music.
The score is engraved by Peter Jarvis.
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