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Espresso

for small percussion ensemble
Level: Medium
Duration: 2:20
Personnel: 4-5 players
State Lists: Missouri | Florida
Release Date: 2022
Product ID : TSPCE22-017
Price: $32.00
Item #: TSPCE22-017

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Description

Sometimes big things come in small packages, and this is definitely true of Espresso by Kyle H. Peters! Requiring only 3 toms, a bass drum, and a cymbal, its small footprint will make for a quick setup that packs a rhythmic, drummy punch. 

The energy of this piece comes from blend of a fast temop, hocketed rhythms, drum-to-rim textures, and extreme dynamic contrast. Espresso will serve as both a great performance work (especially as a concert opener, or interlude during state resetting) as well as an effective piece in which to train musical concepts with unpitched instrumentation.

Espresso ships as a printed, professionally bound score, and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

3 toms (high-low)

Concert bass drum

Suspended cymbal*

*can be performed by bass drum performer or by a separate player

Reviews

“Espresso” is a short and energetic work for non-pitched percussion. Lasting just under 2½ minutes, its small setup and straightforward musical ideas make it a great choice for young high school ensembles. The composer also notes that the Player 4 part, which uses bass drum and suspended cymbal, can be split in two, allowing a fifth player to participate. All other players play only on their single assigned tom.

The musical material consists almost entirely of quarter-, eighth-, and sixteenth-note rhythms in 4/4, flanking a 6/8 middle section that keeps the quarter note consistent but presents a triplet feel. The piece is full of “hocketed” rhythms and dynamic changes, but the individual parts remain simple, allowing the music to sound a bit more complex than it is. Kyle Peters keeps listeners on their toes by getting the most out of the small instrumentation.

—Marco Schirripa
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 1, February 2023

Description

Sometimes big things come in small packages, and this is definitely true of Espresso by Kyle H. Peters! Requiring only 3 toms, a bass drum, and a cymbal, its small footprint will make for a quick setup that packs a rhythmic, drummy punch. 

The energy of this piece comes from blend of a fast temop, hocketed rhythms, drum-to-rim textures, and extreme dynamic contrast. Espresso will serve as both a great performance work (especially as a concert opener, or interlude during state resetting) as well as an effective piece in which to train musical concepts with unpitched instrumentation.

Espresso ships as a printed, professionally bound score, and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

3 toms (high-low)

Concert bass drum

Suspended cymbal*

*can be performed by bass drum performer or by a separate player

Reviews

“Espresso” is a short and energetic work for non-pitched percussion. Lasting just under 2½ minutes, its small setup and straightforward musical ideas make it a great choice for young high school ensembles. The composer also notes that the Player 4 part, which uses bass drum and suspended cymbal, can be split in two, allowing a fifth player to participate. All other players play only on their single assigned tom.

The musical material consists almost entirely of quarter-, eighth-, and sixteenth-note rhythms in 4/4, flanking a 6/8 middle section that keeps the quarter note consistent but presents a triplet feel. The piece is full of “hocketed” rhythms and dynamic changes, but the individual parts remain simple, allowing the music to sound a bit more complex than it is. Kyle Peters keeps listeners on their toes by getting the most out of the small instrumentation.

—Marco Schirripa
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 1, February 2023


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