This Is the Drum

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Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Andrew Boysen, Jr.

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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

This Is the Drum was commissioned by the Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference and is dedicated to the memory of Morton Gould. The inspiration for the piece comes from an interview Gould gave to Bruce Duffie in 1988. As I read the interview, I was struck by how much I agreed with Gould's words. He was discussing what makes some pieces succeed and others fail, and he spoke of the way that certain works seem to have a visceral impact on the listener. He said, "This is the drum," referring to the ability of drums to immediately connect with us.

I have chosen to honor Morton Gould by attempting to create a piece which makes that visceral impact and features the drum in many ways. The basic material for the piece comes from the opening motive of Gould's most famous work, American Salute. The piece also includes the use of a marching machine, famously used by Gould in his Symphony for Band.

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