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Brett William Dietz

Brett William Dietz

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Subtitle: For Five Percussionists

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2002
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keyboard Percussion Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00


Full Score
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V (5 players)

(percussion detail desired)

Players vocalizing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Sharpened Stick is a Native American war song and dance that is in the "fish-step" style. It is said that the popular 1920s dance craze, the Charleston, was derived from this dance. At certain points of the composition, the performers shout "Yo-Ho." In Native American music, this is sounded by the 'head singer' and signifies a change of direction in the music as well as a change in the direction of the dance. The instrumentation includes no melodic percussion instruments, but instead uses a battery of typical and non-traditional instruments.

- Program Note from New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble concert program, 9 December 2020

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Missouri: Percussion.Ensemble.Grade A
  • Ohio: 651 - PERCUSSION ENS A


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Brett William Dietz website Accessed 9 December 2020
  • Dietz, B. (2002). Sharpened Stick: For Five Percussionists [score]. Keyboard Percussion Publications: Asbury Park, N.J.