Three Decorations (2013)

Percussion trio. 5 mins.

Three short movements for three percussionists. Each movement is a musical response to, or evocation of, a favorite image from European decorative arts. Winner of NYU Percussion Ensemble Call for Scores.

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Program Note

Each movement in Three Decorations is a musical response to or evocation of a favorite image of mine from European decorative art: first, the tree-like vertical extensions of cathedral columns; second, the colorful, asymmetrical style of mosaic popularized by Antoni Gaudí; third, the image of a grand tapestry covered in millefleur designs warming the walls of a dark 15th century castle. Three Decorations was my first foray into writing for drum set in a chamber music context. A former rock drummer myself, I opted to utilize the kit in similar ways I would in a popular music idiom: to create groove, accentuating and supporting the interlocking syncopations heard in the pitched instruments.

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Performance History
  • Pacific Percussion Ensemble, Jonathan Latta, Director; University of the Pacific, Faye Spanos Concert Hall, Stockton, CA, 11/30/22.
  • NYU Percussion Ensemble; Jonathan Haas, Director; NYU Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York NY. 10/13/13.