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music for PERCUSSION

ALBUM TITLE: ADAM SILVERMAN: PERCUSSION MUSIC
WORK PERFORMED BY The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble; The University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble (Scott Herring, marimba soloist); John Thomas III, marimba.
Calabaza Records (2015)

INCLUDES works by Adam Silverman: Sparklefrog | Quick Blood | Naked And On Fire | Gasoline Rainbow | Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink | Lightning Round

Jump to: percussion solo2-4 players5+ playersmixed ensemble

 

music for PERCUSSION SOLO

Downtown Is The Battery (2018)

Multi-percussion solo (or duet). 7 minutes.
Commissioned by a consortium of percussionists led by John W. Parks IV.
Scored for cabasa/shaker, thuddy sounds (boxes, books, etc.), ringing sounds (bells, bowls, flowerpots), 2 splash cymbals, 2 dull pinging sounds (metal bars, glass bottles), and a sizzle cymbal. Cabasa/shaker may be played with foot pedal or by a second player (or recording).
Email to inquire about performing this work beginning Spring 2019.

Nightmare Machine (2017)

For drum kit and pre-recorded track. 6 minutes.
Commissioned by Michael Burritt.
Purchase of sheet music includes audio tracks, including accompaniment, click track, and rehearsal tracks at graduated tempi.
Email to inquire about performing this work beginning Winter 2018.

Lightning Round (2009)

Etude for marimba. 2 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Composed for Samuel Z. Solomon and the Massachussets Percussive Arts Society.
Download for free

Repercussion (2009)

Etude for xylophone. 2 minutes.
Published in the MassChap 2010 Xylophone Collection, Bachovich Music Publications.

stars, cars, bars (1999)

Solo marimba/speaker. 10 minutes.
Text from Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Composed for Paul Fadoul.
Purchase sheet music : $20

 

music for PERCUSSION DUO, TRIO and QUARTET

The Cruel Waters (2015)

Marimba trio or quartet. 8 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Commissioned by the T. Adam Blackstock and the Troy University Percussion Ensemble.
Scored for: mar1 (4.0), mar2 (4.5), mar3 (5.0)
Purchase sheet music : trio edition $30quartet edition $30

Paper Covers Rock (2016)

Percussion duo. 7 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Commissioned by the Quey Percussion Duo.
Scored for two sets of Battat B. Toys Colossale Carousel Bells, set of chromatic desk bells, 10 pitched metals, 4 noisy metals, 2 tom-toms, and cabasa.
Purchase sheet music : $30Email to purchase sheet music with rental of carousel bells and desk bells : $100 plus shipping (with $200 deposit, refunded upon return of the instruments in good condition)

Quick Blood (2001)

Percussion quartet. 5 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Commissioned by Battery Four.
Scored for xylophone, 2 5-octave marimbas, 2 vibraphones, 2 triangles, crotales, and bass drum.
Purchase sheet music : $30

Spiderweb Lead (2016)

Percussion quartet. 9 minutes. Watch on YouTube
Commissioned by Julie Hill and The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Society; Dan Piccolo and The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at the College of Musical Arts of Bowling Green State University; and Ji Hye Jung and Vanderbilt University.
Scored for steel drum (with junk mteal crash), vibraphone, marimba and tabla (or other hand drum).
Purchase sheet music : $30

 

music for PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE 5+ PLAYERS

Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink (2013) : in multiple editions

Marimba concerto. 20 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Commissioned by a consortium of percussion soloists and wind ensembles.
Originally for marimba and wind ensemble.
Purchase sheet music ($20) : edition for marimba and piano
Purchase sheet music ($30) edition for marimba and percussion ensemble. Scored for solo marimba plus two ensemble marimbas, two vibraphones, crotales, glockenspiel, xylophone, chimes, ratchet, whip, wood block, 3 triangle, bell tree, drum kit.

Gasoline Rainbow (2009)

Percussion octet. 8 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Commissioned by John W. Parks IV and the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble. Recorded on FSU Percussion Ensemble Vol. 1
Scored for: [mallet percussion: crotales, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, marimba], [drums: snare drum, cymbal on timpano, two congas, two bongos, bass drum, bass drum], [cymbals: two suspended cymbals, tam-tam, sizzle cymbal], [shakers: egg, high metal, nut shell], [others: musical glasses, two triangles, castanets, waterphone, wood blocks, glass wind chimes].
Purchase sheet music : $30

Naked And On Fire (2011)

Percussion sextet. 6 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Commissioned by John W. Parks IV and the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble. Recorded on FSU Percussion Ensemble Vol. 2: Not Far From Here.
Scored for three triangles, three gongs, riq, doumbek (with jingles on wrists), maracas, vibraphone and tuned metal bars.
Purchase sheet music : $30

The Percustary Insectarium (2017)

For cello and ten percussionists. 15 min.
Commissioned by John W. Parks IV and the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble.
Scored for crotales, glockenspiel, 2 vibraphones, 2 marimbas, 2 sets of chimes, BD, small tam-tam, 10 wood planks, picc SD, 2 slap sticks, misc. wood blocks, shakers, bells, etc.
Purchase sheet music : $30

Pittering/Pattering (2018)

Percussion sextet. 7 min.
Commissioned by Michael Bump and the North Star Music Festival for the Truman State University Percussion Ensemble.
Email to inquire about performing this work after its premiere in November, 2018.

Pounding Face (2018)

Percussion dectet.
Commissioned by John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Percussion Ensemble for PASIC 2018.
Email to inquire about performing this work after its premiere in November, 2018.

Sparklefrog (2014)

Percussion octet. 12 minutes. Hear on SoundCloud
Commissioned by a consortium of 14 percussion ensembles, led by the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble.
Scored for two marimbas, 2 vibraphones, crotales, glockenspiel, 3 harmonicas (or 2 melodicas), 2 guitars (played on strings with sticks), 2 ride cymbals, 3 splash cymbals, triangle, slit drum, bass drum, 4 frog guiros, cabasa, 2 sets metal wind chimes, 2 wood blocks, 3 low tom-toms.
Purchase sheet music : $30

 

music for PERCUSSION as part of a mixed ensemble

[see chamber music > mixed ensembles]

  • In Another Man's Skin for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion
  • Just Music Makes Me Lose My Temper for electric guitar, keyboard and two percussionists
  • That Radiant Outburst for clarinet, cello, piano and percussion
  • Three Fell Swoops for tenor saxophone, percussion, guitar (amplified), and piano
  • Together for flute and vibraphone
  • Want It. Need It. Have It. for flute or clarinet or bassoon and marimba

[see chamber music > saxophone]

  • Want It. Need It. Have It. for alto saxophone and marimba