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Three Drummers, The

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James Curnow

James Curnow

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $42.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.50


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom (large and small)
  • Wood Block (small)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This percussion feature is based on a French folk song that tells the story of three drummer boys who "were coming home a marching, coming home proud." The music uses imitation, question-and-answer, and stylistic rhythmic figures to challenge these proud musicians. The drummers of the title get to play a variety of instruments, including snare drums, tom toms, claves, a tambourine, and even a cowbell.

- Program Note adapted from publisher


State Ratings

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