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Example 3: Zortziko Fantasia for Tambourine and Tenor Drum/Triangle

Note: Before you look at my example, it’s a good idea to first refer to my two-part research. In the first part I write about tenor drum, but more relevant for this example is the second, which is about zortziko.


To start, there are three instruments – tambourine, tenor drum and triangle, but in my opinion, this is still a duet, since the last two would be played by the same player. At least that is how I conceptualized it. I chose the tenor drum because of the tamborileros – drummers that usually accompany the zortziko dance. Tambourine is there because I saw that many dancers have bells tied around their legs, similar to the ghunghurus in kathak dancing, which you can read about here. I thought that tambourine might symbolically represent them, while the triangle I chose for added interest.

The second thing is that the title is somewhat peculiar. I added the fantasia to zortziko, because of its free structure where zortziko is surrounded by other musical ideas. Also, I wrote ‘snake charming’ as the subtitle, because of the somewhat wild and fantastic sounding combination of timbres and the lilting rhythm. With this in mind, the tambourine represents the poisonous cobra, while tenor drum and triangle represent the snake charmer.

I divided the score a bit, you can download the full version bellow with audio.

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The short piece starts with the introduction in 5/4 time signature, which I saw Alkan used, as I wrote in the research.

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Example 2: Scherzino for Triangle and Tambourine

Note: Before you check out my example, first read my two-part research, the first part regarding tambourine and especially, the second post about scherzo and scherzino form.


I first wrote this example in a completely different way, in 4/4 time signature, and in andante tempo with the 32nd notes. However, I soon realized how this doesn’t suit it’s lighthearted nature and I rewrote it in allegro with 2/4 measure and added the title scherzino, since its character reminded me a bit of Beethoven’s Scherzo from his Piano Sonata No. 18, and Schumann’s Scherzino Op. 26. Here is my  piece:

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Example 1: Short Military Invention for Triangle and Snare Drum

Note: Before you take a look at my example, please read my three-part research that includes the triangle, but more importantly, the posts about musical rhetoric and Bach’s two-part inventions, and finally their analysis.


My example is very short:

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Example 4: The Chinese New Year (A Short Suite) for a Woodblock and Taiko Drum

Note: Before you take a look at my example, please refer to my six-part research, in which I write about woodblocks and taiko drums, which I used for this example. I also mention the three styles of traditional Japanese music, however, more important for my piece is the research on structure of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Finally, in order to understand the context of my work, please refer to the final post about Chinese New Year.


Before I start, I have to point out that I’ve divided my score in this post, in order to put the explanation and analysis in a format that is easier to follow. The full score will be available to download below:

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Just like in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, my example starts with a Promenade. My promenades, and actually the whole piece, represent the walk through the wintery nocturnal streets of ancient China during the Chinese New Year. Unlike exhibitions, which are characterized by pictures, the streets are full of different encounters. What is similar though, is the spontaneity that is present in the walk both while viewing the pictures, and the encounters of different events that happen while walking down a street during a holiday. This is also what allowed me to structure my piece with an idea similar to Mussorgsky’s cycle, only in a shorter form.

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