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Flotsam & Jetsam

A percussion ensemble for flexible instrumentation
Level: Easy
Duration: 2:20
Personnel: 4+ players
Release Date: 2021
Product ID : TSPCE21-016
Price: $33.00
Item #: TSPCE21-016

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Description

John Herndon’s flexible ensemble piece Flotsam & Jetsam was inspired by maritime jargon, referring to items lost or discarded from onboard a ship. As such, it is recommended that the piece be performed on found instruments like brake drums, buckets, pails, trash cans, or anything that can be struck with stick.

Alternately, Flotsam & Jetsam can be performed on more traditional percussion instruments like snare drums, toms, woodblocks, or cowbells, so long as the instruments are graduated among the performers. To add to the accessibility, the piece may also be expanded to fit the size of any performing ensemble. This piece is a great vehicle for training basic rhythms and technique in a colorful and entertaining way.

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

Instrumentation

4 graduated found or traditional percussion instruments (e.g. buckets, pails, trash cans, bell plates OR snare drums, toms, woodblocks, cowbells)

Reviews

“Flotsam & Jetsam,” an easy 2½-minute ensemble piece for flexible instrumentation, is clearly a response to the unique constraints placed upon music educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although recognizing that this is a pedagogical piece intended for young students, I can’t help but draw comparisons to the easier works of Johanna Beyer, specifically in regard to the rhythmic language, formal structure, and open instrumentation. It will be easy enough for young performers to prepare confidently, and as long as the composer’s setup instructions are followed, the built-in spatial effects will be more than enough to hold a general audience’s attention from start to finish.

Although intended for live performance, “Flotsam & Jetsam” would also be a perfect fit for a socially-distanced ensemble seeking to create online content. I feel the live experience would be far superior, in part due to the spatial elements and in part due to the opportunity for young players to gain chamber skills in a safe, unthreatening piece. However, the added value as a flexible piece for open instrumentation, ensemble size, and platform makes this piece a critically useful tool in the post-COVID world of music education, and I would happily recommend it as a must-own for teachers of early-level percussionists.

—Brian Graiser
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 1, February 2022

Description

John Herndon’s flexible ensemble piece Flotsam & Jetsam was inspired by maritime jargon, referring to items lost or discarded from onboard a ship. As such, it is recommended that the piece be performed on found instruments like brake drums, buckets, pails, trash cans, or anything that can be struck with stick.

Alternately, Flotsam & Jetsam can be performed on more traditional percussion instruments like snare drums, toms, woodblocks, or cowbells, so long as the instruments are graduated among the performers. To add to the accessibility, the piece may also be expanded to fit the size of any performing ensemble. This piece is a great vehicle for training basic rhythms and technique in a colorful and entertaining way.

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

Instrumentation

4 graduated found or traditional percussion instruments (e.g. buckets, pails, trash cans, bell plates OR snare drums, toms, woodblocks, cowbells)

Reviews

“Flotsam & Jetsam,” an easy 2½-minute ensemble piece for flexible instrumentation, is clearly a response to the unique constraints placed upon music educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although recognizing that this is a pedagogical piece intended for young students, I can’t help but draw comparisons to the easier works of Johanna Beyer, specifically in regard to the rhythmic language, formal structure, and open instrumentation. It will be easy enough for young performers to prepare confidently, and as long as the composer’s setup instructions are followed, the built-in spatial effects will be more than enough to hold a general audience’s attention from start to finish.

Although intended for live performance, “Flotsam & Jetsam” would also be a perfect fit for a socially-distanced ensemble seeking to create online content. I feel the live experience would be far superior, in part due to the spatial elements and in part due to the opportunity for young players to gain chamber skills in a safe, unthreatening piece. However, the added value as a flexible piece for open instrumentation, ensemble size, and platform makes this piece a critically useful tool in the post-COVID world of music education, and I would happily recommend it as a must-own for teachers of early-level percussionists.

—Brian Graiser
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 1, February 2022


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