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Symphonic Dances

snare drum solo
Composer: James Campbell
Publisher: Innovative Percussion
Instrumentation: Concert snare drum

Program Notes:
The material for Three Symphonic Dances for Solo Snare Drum is derived from 3 orchestral snare drum excerpts that are among the most requested works placed on audition lists for percussion vacancies in professional orchestras. The first movement is based on "The Birth of Kijè" from Prokofiev's Lt. Kijè Suite; the second movement is based on "Giuoco Delle Coppie" from Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra; the third movement is from material in "Movement III" and "Movement IV" from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade Symphonic Suite. Realizing that there are traditional and regional interpretations of the snare drum excerpts from these masterworks, performers should feel free to take stylistic liberties.

Review:
"This nine-minute, three movement solo requires fast single-stroke rolls, precise ornament control, double-stroke rolls, a wide range of dynamics, and excellent finger technique. The material for the piece is derived from three orchestral snare drum excerpts that are among the most requested on audition lists: “The Birth of Kijè” from Prokofiev’s “Lt. Kijè Suite”; “Giuoco Delle Coppie” from Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra”; and material from Movements III and IV of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade Symphonic Suite.” The composer states, “Realizing that there are traditional and regional interpretations of the snare drum excerpts from these masterworks, performers should feel free to take stylistic liberties.”

Reminiscent of some of the orchestra literature-based etudes found in Cirone’s Portraits in Rhythm, each movement explores the essence of the original material, as opposed to quoting the part exactly (although the original snare part is sometimes stated in fragments throughout each movement). Each movement is about three minutes and has a solid compositional structure. In the second movement, the player is asked to hold the stick in the middle and alternate striking the stick back and forth on the rim (at 10 and 2 o’clock) producing a high and low click that provides an interesting ostinato as accompaniment for the opposite hand. This is good material to study and perform, although it may be more effective for an audience familiar with the original snare drum material." — Jeff Moore Percussive Notes, July 2013

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