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King of Epic Validation, The (Download)

for percussion septet
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 3:00
Personnel: 7 players
Release Date: 2019
Product ID : TSPCE19-014DL
Price: $31.00
Item #: TSPCE19-014DL

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Description

David K. Bakken’s septet, The King of Epic Validation, was named after one of his students, Kevin (K-King, E-Epic, V-Validation). The idea is that by successfully managing each of the varying time signatures presented in the piece, the performers would feel a strong sense of accomplishment, and therefore validated in their musical achievement. In addition to managing these time signatures, this piece, though sometimes short-lived, gives each performers the opportunity to be featured. As Bakken puts it, “[As teachers,] providing an opportunity for our students to excel is our highest ambition.”

Instrumentation

4 timpani

Suspended cymbal

Drums (snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum)

Accessories (temple blocks, brake drum)

Reviews

This is an exciting work for younger ensembles that are beginning to learn about odd time signatures. It features a few short mixed-meter sections that will provide an approachable challenge for developing players. The piece is mostly in longer sections of either 4/4 or 6/4, but it has some occasional 6/8 and 5/8 measures.

There are some recurring sixteenth-note trip- let figures in four parts, along with a measure that has triplets followed by sixteenth notes in the tenor drum part, but everything is pretty simple for younger players. The timpani part requires no pedaling, and the one-instrument-per-per- son instrumentation helps keep the focus on the counting. This is a great, short, pedagogical piece, clocking in around three minutes. Check it out.

—Brian Elizondo
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 4, September 2019

Description

David K. Bakken’s septet, The King of Epic Validation, was named after one of his students, Kevin (K-King, E-Epic, V-Validation). The idea is that by successfully managing each of the varying time signatures presented in the piece, the performers would feel a strong sense of accomplishment, and therefore validated in their musical achievement. In addition to managing these time signatures, this piece, though sometimes short-lived, gives each performers the opportunity to be featured. As Bakken puts it, “[As teachers,] providing an opportunity for our students to excel is our highest ambition.”

Instrumentation

4 timpani

Suspended cymbal

Drums (snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum)

Accessories (temple blocks, brake drum)

Reviews

This is an exciting work for younger ensembles that are beginning to learn about odd time signatures. It features a few short mixed-meter sections that will provide an approachable challenge for developing players. The piece is mostly in longer sections of either 4/4 or 6/4, but it has some occasional 6/8 and 5/8 measures.

There are some recurring sixteenth-note trip- let figures in four parts, along with a measure that has triplets followed by sixteenth notes in the tenor drum part, but everything is pretty simple for younger players. The timpani part requires no pedaling, and the one-instrument-per-per- son instrumentation helps keep the focus on the counting. This is a great, short, pedagogical piece, clocking in around three minutes. Check it out.

—Brian Elizondo
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 4, September 2019


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