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Example 3: Short Kathak Scene in Jhaptaal for Finger Cymbals

Note: Before you take a look at the 3rd solo percussion example I have composed, please refer first to the research I have done which includes the finger cymbals and Middle Eastern rhythms, Northern Indian taal system, also the laykari in tabla solo recital, and a description of kathak performance. I am going to use a lot of the terminology, which I explained in these blog posts. Without understanding them, my presentation might end up being confusing.


A typical Kathak dance performance, as I have described, has a lot of sections. Of course, it’s a difficult and a bit unnecessary task for now, to write a piece for a single indefinite-pitched percussion instrument that would imitate the whole event. However, the research is useful, since I plan to write a full composition in future, by which I will try to evoke the complete occasion. So, this example is really just a short scene, a little taste and a small experiment of the form. Here is my example:

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Example 2: Le petit jeu d’eau for Temple Blocks

Note: Before you take a look at this example, please read my two-part research. In the first part, I write about temple blocks and the forms of jeux d’eau, which Liszt and Ravel used. More importantly, read about the inspiration for my structure in part two, which describes the Chinese composition Three Variations of Yang Guan Pass and moto-perpetuo in Corelli’s allegro movements of his violin sonatas.   


 

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As I’ve mentioned in the research, I structured this example in two parts. I am not going to analyze it as AB form, since the first Andante section is, more of an introduction for the main Allegro moderato section.

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Example 1: Fandango for Snare Drum

Note: First, please reference my research on snare drum’s dance-like character through history and the fandango dance, both relevant for my first example, where I also wrote about flamenco and Ravel’s bolero.

For my example, I chose to write fandango in the courtly style, which was used in classical music.

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