This book is an example of a combination of advanced drumming technique and concert pieces for the snare drum. All works should not be played separately from the audio recording, since they form a single ensemble. It is also possible to perform them with a live ensemble instead of the audio recording, but this would require many participants. There is a successful experience of performing all the components of these works live, so this option can also be used.
The first play was written about the modern war, and is entitled “The Tragedy of the New Time”. It contains a large vibraphone intro, but if you prefer to play a shorter version, the disc also has the version without this intro. This piece uses a classic snare drum and a high-tension marching snare drum, as well as two stacks or hi-hats. The first part is played on a classic snare drum, while the second part (via the bass drum solo on the audio recording) uses a high-tension snare drum.
The second piece is about the history of marching drums and has the title “Rudiments in Time”. We imagine a person who got into a ship travelling through space and time. First, this person goes to see the marching performance of the 19th century, then the middle of the 20th century and then goes back to modern times, the 21st century. The first part is for the rope drum, the second one is for the traditional marching snare drum and the third part is for the high-tension marching snare drum. The first drum can be replaced with a symphonic drum if you do not have the suggested type of the instrument. There is a pause between each part, which is intended to create an impression of travelling between various time periods. In this pause, when the time-travelling ship is figuratively landing, you can use the gong — one gong sound at the time of landing.
The third piece represents a conversation with Time as a person. It asks what it saw, about various things done by people, and contains a figurative first-person narrative from Mr. Time himself. It is called “Time’s Tale” or “A Conversation with Time”. In this piece, I would recommend using a high-tension drum and the specified types of cymbals.
The book is called “Time” because this word is in the title of every work.
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Drum setup (see note)
1. The Tragedy of the New Time (see note)
2. Rudiments in Time
3. Time’s Tale