Posted By : peterjarvis
Piece Title : Surly Bonds (Op. 833)
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Composer / Arranger : Cooman, Carson
Composer / Arranger Details: Carson Cooman is an American composer with a catalogue of works in many forms—ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. His music has been performed on all six inhabited continents and is published primarily by Musik Fabrik, Lauren Keiser Music Publishing, and Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. Cooman s music appears on over thirty-five recordings, including fourteen complete CDs on the Naxos, Albany, Artek, Altarus, MSR Classics, and Zimbel labels. Cooman s primary composition studies have been with Bernard Rands, Judith Weir, Alan Fletcher, and James Willey. As an active concert organist, Cooman specializes exclusively in the performance of new music. Over 130 new works have been composed for him by composers from around the world, and his performances of the work of contemporary composers can be heard on a number of CD recordings. Cooman is also a writer on musical subjects, producing articles and reviews frequently for a number of international publications. He serves as an active consultant on music business matters to composers and performing organizations. For more information, visit
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
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Publisher Details : Publishes contemporary composers
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2009 / 
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Surly Bonds (2009) for drum set was commissioned by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC and was written for and dedicated to percussionist Peter Jarvis. The principal underlying rhythm of the work is a somewhat martial ostinato presented quietly on the snare drum. This unchanging rhythm provides a grid against which other colors and rhythms attempt to break the “surly bonds” and assert their own rhythmic identity. After a first unsuccessful attempt to overwhelm, the voices try again—succeeding this time in achieving release in a free, cadenza-like passage. However, the ostinato returns again until the work ends with the almost “desperate” silence between the sounds of bass and snare drums. - Carson P. Cooman, August 2009
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