Posted By : Matt Groenheide (j.a.m.ani duo)
Piece Title : Axiom
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Composer / Arranger : Rath, Eric
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Eric Rath is an active educator, clinician, arranger and composer. He is currently the Director of Percussion and Associate Band Director at Randall High School in Amarillo, TX. Additionally, Mr. Rath serves as adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Amarillo College.

Mr. Rath is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. He received his Bachelor of Music Education (2001) and his Master of Arts Degree (2004). While at WT, he studied percussion with Dr. Susan Martin Tariq and was a member of the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Gary Garner, then Mr. Don Lefevre.

Mr. Rath is a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and also regularly performs with the Amarillo Opera. Mr. Rath occasionally plays vibraphone and drumset with area jazz groups and is active on the worship team at his church. Mr. Rath is a former member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Rath resides in Amarillo, Texas, with his wife, Kayla, their daughter Regan, and their son, Grant. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and is an alumnus and former chapter president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also proud to be an Educator Endorser for the Promark Corporation as well as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Total Number of Percussionists Required :5 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2007 / 
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, Various
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Axiom was originally conceived and sketched for two highly advanced players. The genesis was that two percussionists of the highest caliber, through expanded multi-percussion set-ups, could create the feel and energy of a much larger ensemble. And by doing so, those percussionists could display their virtuosity. Throughout the composition process, however, it became evident that a larger assemblage of players would be necessary to create the full sonority and impact of the piece. In somewhat of an homage to the original conception, several themes are kept in only two unaccompanied players’ hands, while other themes are played by duets within the context of the full ensemble. While not programmatic in nature, AXIOM may invoke a programmatic feel in its many style, meter and texture changes. The piece borrows its shifting and changing time signatures from odd-meter progressive rock – even fully giving in to a common time backbeat. In that way, the piece owes much to composer Christopher Rouse for his masterfully written, entertaining, and energetic percussion ensembles that are both fun to play and equally fun to listen to. Axiom was premiered on November 18th, 2007 by the West Texas A&M University (Canyon, Texas) Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Susan Martin Tariq.
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