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Piece Title : Solo Piano for Percussion
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Walker, Christopher D.
Composer / Arranger Details:

Christopher D. Walker is a native Texan who currently resides in Austin, the live music capital of the world. Living in such a creative and accommodating environment, Walker has been able to surround himself with some of the finest musicians in Central Texas, resulting in numerous performance and recording opportunities. He currently plays drumset in the folk-country Kyle J. Smith Band and plays bass and guitar in the long-standing rock band Driver F. In 2007 he became a founding member of Danger Films LLC, a boutique film production company based out of Austin, Texas.

Christopher has worked with Grammy-winning bands, and he has written commercial music for regional companies as well as local mom-and-pop shops. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Texas State University - San Marcos and is doing graduate work at the University of Texas - Austin. Past percussion instructors include Genaro Gonzalez, Kari Klier, and (in his younger years) Andy Salmon. Composition instructors include Dr. Russell Riepe, Richard Hall, and Dr. Charles Ditto. As an active teacher, Walker has worked with several high school drumlines in Central Texas. He currently teaches music lessons as a part of Kids In a New Groove. KING is a nonprofit organization that provides music lessons to kids in the foster care system. Christopher D. Walker is also a member of ASCAP.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Piano Solo
Instrumentation : Piano
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Not A Commissioned Work
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 Tapspace Publications
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
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Publisher Details :

Tapspace™ is a publishing company specializing in creative percussion music. Formed in 1998 and stationed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Tapspace has a refined niche focusing on educational and appealing concert percussion ensembles, solos, duets, rudimental percussion music, steel band music, and other educational materials.

With a star-studded list of contributing artists, our works have been performed by thousands of percussionists around the world, and are being used daily to help shape and influence the rapidly growing percussive arts. This makes Tapspace a premier source for today`s most creative percussion literature.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2012 /  2012
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :3
Special Needs :Grand Piano required. YOu will need a rubber mallet for the glissandi on the piano strings and two yarn mallets which are used on the lowest strings on the piano.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Solo Piano for Percussion is an inventive piece by composer, Christopher D. Walker. It features a solo percussionist using various colorful techniques on a grand piano such as playing the strings with mallets, sliding mallets along the strings, using the fingers directly on the strings, playing the instrument on the keys, and utilizing various sostenuto effects. 


Abstract in nature, it paints an audible landscape to reflect the included poem by Caitlin Ireland, El Mar (The Sea). This creative piece would be a unique and refreshing selection for percussionists to showcase their versatility while providing audiences something unexpected and soothing.


Performance Notes:

All triangle-shaped noteheads indicate the highest and lowest notes possible within the specified internal piano section. Hollow noteheads are longer than darkened noteheads. 

Hollow square-shaped notes are used to indicate the motion of the mallet head (both rubber and felt) being silently placed on the string(s), then run the full length from above the dampers to the end of the string. In section I of the piano, the distance is determined by the crossbeam.


Darkened square note shades are single, defined strokes.


All diamond-shaped notes are to be silently depressed.


The top two staves are used for all internal sounds.


Accidentals apply to the bottom two staves as traditionally notated, indicated by the key signature. The top two staves are much more indeterminate. However, when following a change to treble clef, the given note is the note to be played at the written pitch.


All time indications are approximate and may vary slightly, depending on the instrument, hall, and performer’s interpretation of the poem/music.


The second partial harmonic is produced when the string is pressed at the octave node with the second finger of left hand and plucked with right finger(s). This is most effective if the hand comes off the node immediately after the string is plucked.


All boxed notes are to be repeated as many times as the performer feels necessary within a given time indication.


The graphic notation of wavy lines represents the relative motion of the mallets. As the waves become closer together, the amount of struck notes should increase.

This example would be read as: With two soft felt mallets in the left hand, roll any/all possible notes in the lowest section of the piano (I). Crescendo from niente to forte and gradually increase the roll speed over the length of about 25 seconds.


Any motion across the staff, as represented by a line with an arrow, should be played from the lowest/highest note in a given section(s) up/down for the full width of the section. Follow the shape.


For the glissandi, the performer should follow the basic direction. However, the length of the stroke and intensity of the motion are free to interpretation.


Any aspects of the performance that are not explained are left up to the performer.

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