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Breakdown

for percussion quartet
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:00
Personnel: 4 players
State Lists: Indiana | Florida | Texas
Release Date: 2012
Product ID : TSPCE-72
Price: $35.00
Item #: TSPCE-72

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All percussion sounds used in this recording were generated from Virtual Drumline software also by Tapspace.


Description

Breakdown, by Bradley Slayter, is a percussion quartet that is all about the groove. Scored for concert battery “plus”, this rocking piece will engage performers and audiences with rhythmic fervor.

Breakdown is composed largely of interlocking parts in 7/8 and 4/4 and requires a high level of listening and interplay between the players. The resulting energy will naturally help bind it together so as not to literally “break down.” It will make for a fun challenge to intermediate players as they learn about how to groove in a small ensemble setting…even in 7/8!

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

If you’re looking for a mid-concert “pick me up,” get down with some Breakdown!

Instrumentation

  • Drumset (kick, snare, 2 rack toms, floor tom, hihat, crash cymbal)
  • Drums (6 concert toms, bongos, concert bass drum)
  • Cymbals (hihat, ride cymbal, 2 china cymbals, 2 splash cymbals, 2 Zil-bels)
  • Accessories (tambourine, ribbon crasher, 2 brake drums)

Reviews

Drums, metals, and loud, oh my!  Written for percussion quartet, the composer indicates the main theme is “aggression.” Students will without a doubt be drawn to this piece due to the endless grooving quality. With the extensive amount of loud dynamics, this would be an appropriate selection to get timid students to come out of their shell.

Venturing through a series of grooves, Bradley Slayter structures his ideas with various time signatures to keep the material from becoming stagnant. These meters include 7/8, 4/4, 2/4, and 5/4. Using a lot of patterns, the rhythms largely consist of quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes. Utilizing a lot of interlocking ideas between parts, Slayter uses drumset grooves and hi-hat patterns to centralize the pulse and facilitate the ensemble. Requiring a limited amount of limb coordination, the drumset part can be executed by most intermediate percussionists.

As the end of the school year nears, high school educators may notice a decline in student motivation. The popular quality of this piece should inspire and keep the students engaged until summer break!

–Darin Olson
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2013 

Description

Breakdown, by Bradley Slayter, is a percussion quartet that is all about the groove. Scored for concert battery “plus”, this rocking piece will engage performers and audiences with rhythmic fervor.

Breakdown is composed largely of interlocking parts in 7/8 and 4/4 and requires a high level of listening and interplay between the players. The resulting energy will naturally help bind it together so as not to literally “break down.” It will make for a fun challenge to intermediate players as they learn about how to groove in a small ensemble setting…even in 7/8!

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

If you’re looking for a mid-concert “pick me up,” get down with some Breakdown!

Instrumentation

  • Drumset (kick, snare, 2 rack toms, floor tom, hihat, crash cymbal)
  • Drums (6 concert toms, bongos, concert bass drum)
  • Cymbals (hihat, ride cymbal, 2 china cymbals, 2 splash cymbals, 2 Zil-bels)
  • Accessories (tambourine, ribbon crasher, 2 brake drums)

Reviews

Drums, metals, and loud, oh my!  Written for percussion quartet, the composer indicates the main theme is “aggression.” Students will without a doubt be drawn to this piece due to the endless grooving quality. With the extensive amount of loud dynamics, this would be an appropriate selection to get timid students to come out of their shell.

Venturing through a series of grooves, Bradley Slayter structures his ideas with various time signatures to keep the material from becoming stagnant. These meters include 7/8, 4/4, 2/4, and 5/4. Using a lot of patterns, the rhythms largely consist of quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes. Utilizing a lot of interlocking ideas between parts, Slayter uses drumset grooves and hi-hat patterns to centralize the pulse and facilitate the ensemble. Requiring a limited amount of limb coordination, the drumset part can be executed by most intermediate percussionists.

As the end of the school year nears, high school educators may notice a decline in student motivation. The popular quality of this piece should inspire and keep the students engaged until summer break!

–Darin Olson
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2013 



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