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Example 2, Percussion Quintet: Midnight Carousel Waltz

Note: Before you take a look at my example, please read my three-part research. There, I wrote about cymbals, but more importantly, about the origins and different forms of waltz. Some things here will reference that.


For easier explanation, I will divide the sheet music into the sections I’m referring to. To see the full score, you can download it below, with the audio.

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First, I titled my waltz, because I saw that Lanner, Strauss Senior and Junior titled theirs – either by the occasion they wrote it for, or by the content within the piece and things that inspired them. For example, Wiener Carneval is the name Strauss Senior gave to his waltz that served as a contribution to the carnival of 1828. I wrote in my research, Lanner named his Op. 19 – Trennungs Waltz – or separation waltz, referring to the drunken fight he and Strauss Senior had. There, he even mimics the hiccuping. And of course, the title of the famous By the Beautiful Blue Danube, inspired by Beck’s poem, where each stanza ends with the line: ‘By the Danube, beautiful blue Danube’.

My quintet consists of bass drum, snare drum, triangle, suspended cymbal and tambourine. It is written in a form reminding of a miniature walzerkette, with introduction and coda before and after the small abcd dance sections.

The intriduction is similar to Chopin’s, in that it serves as a fanfare-like musical device that calls for the attention to the dance:

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Example 1, Percussion Trio: Sonata Allegro

Note: Before you take a look at my example, read the research I’ve done about the sonata allegro form. I’ve  already written about all three instruments I used here in previous research regarding the solo or duet examples. You can find these on the blog. 


I’ve divided the score into parts for easier explanation, you can download the full score bellow, together with the mp3:

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My sonata allegro for finger cymbals, tambourine and snare drum, set in 2/4, starts directly with exposition, without introduction. The whole section spans from bar 1 to bar 56. For the principal theme, which goes from bar 1 to bar 16, I chose a rather energetic musical period:

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