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Kingdoms

for solo snare drum and multimedia
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 6:10
Release Date: 2021
Product ID : TSPCS21-009
Price: $24.00
Item #: TSPCS21-009

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Description

When writing Kingdoms, Russell Wharton found inspiration in film and television, stating about his process: “I find myself envisioning a movie in my head, and simply attempting to write the soundtrack to that movie.” The resulting piece is a colorful, personality-filled portrayal of the insect life on our planet.

In addition to the audio soundtrack, an optional (but encouraged) video accompaniment shows beautiful shots of these small creatures playing their many roles in nature. This piece provides a great opportunity for intermediate-advanced performers to showcase a wide range of musical character.

Musically, Wharton is never shy about his influences, and honors the following in this piece: Garth Neustadter, Bon Iver, Hans Zimmer, Qasim Naqvi, Stranger Things, Holly Herndon, Blade Runner 2049, Mitch Murder, Hollow Knight, Bill Wurtz, Interstellar, and Square Peg Round Hole.

Kingdoms ships as a full, bound score and includes the audio and optional video accompaniment for download.

Instrumentation

  • Concert snare drum
  • Optional Meinl Backbeat Pro Tambourine
  • Amplification system (for included audio accompaniment)
  • Projection system (for optional video accompaniment)

Reviews

If you are seeking a completely unique snare drum solo, this publication must be considered. The solo is written in three sections: “Workers,” “Hunters,” and “Dancers.” The soloist performs with a downloaded recording. The technology requirements suggest a computer or laptop, an audio interface, headphones, and software capable of routing video and audio.

A notation guide lists several symbols for different timbres of sound. These include finger playing, stick playing, and brush strokes. More specifically, the various stroke notations include fingertips, dead stroke, concert roll, rimshot, and single-stick buzz. The more specific demand is placing a tambourine on the drumhead, and playing on the edge to produce an industrial sound. Striking one stick while pressing on the drumhead will raise the pitch.

Careful study and preparation will be necessary to be successful in producing the many different colors in this work. The notation is clear, and the cue material from the audio track is carefully spaced over the drum notation throughout the solo. The rhythmic material is challenging at times, with many different subdivisions in each section. These include three to seven notes per quarter note. There are occasions when patterns cross the beat, and they must be accurate to align with the audio sounds. It is obvious that only advanced players will accept the challenge this solo presents.

—George Frock
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 1, February 2022

Description

When writing Kingdoms, Russell Wharton found inspiration in film and television, stating about his process: “I find myself envisioning a movie in my head, and simply attempting to write the soundtrack to that movie.” The resulting piece is a colorful, personality-filled portrayal of the insect life on our planet.

In addition to the audio soundtrack, an optional (but encouraged) video accompaniment shows beautiful shots of these small creatures playing their many roles in nature. This piece provides a great opportunity for intermediate-advanced performers to showcase a wide range of musical character.

Musically, Wharton is never shy about his influences, and honors the following in this piece: Garth Neustadter, Bon Iver, Hans Zimmer, Qasim Naqvi, Stranger Things, Holly Herndon, Blade Runner 2049, Mitch Murder, Hollow Knight, Bill Wurtz, Interstellar, and Square Peg Round Hole.

Kingdoms ships as a full, bound score and includes the audio and optional video accompaniment for download.

Instrumentation

  • Concert snare drum
  • Optional Meinl Backbeat Pro Tambourine
  • Amplification system (for included audio accompaniment)
  • Projection system (for optional video accompaniment)

Reviews

If you are seeking a completely unique snare drum solo, this publication must be considered. The solo is written in three sections: “Workers,” “Hunters,” and “Dancers.” The soloist performs with a downloaded recording. The technology requirements suggest a computer or laptop, an audio interface, headphones, and software capable of routing video and audio.

A notation guide lists several symbols for different timbres of sound. These include finger playing, stick playing, and brush strokes. More specifically, the various stroke notations include fingertips, dead stroke, concert roll, rimshot, and single-stick buzz. The more specific demand is placing a tambourine on the drumhead, and playing on the edge to produce an industrial sound. Striking one stick while pressing on the drumhead will raise the pitch.

Careful study and preparation will be necessary to be successful in producing the many different colors in this work. The notation is clear, and the cue material from the audio track is carefully spaced over the drum notation throughout the solo. The rhythmic material is challenging at times, with many different subdivisions in each section. These include three to seven notes per quarter note. There are occasions when patterns cross the beat, and they must be accurate to align with the audio sounds. It is obvious that only advanced players will accept the challenge this solo presents.

—George Frock
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 1, February 2022


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