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The Making of the Drum

By Bob Chilcott

SATB choir and percussion - Level B-C (easy - moderately difficult)
Composed by Bob Chilcott. Mixed Voices. Contemporary, Choral Works. Vocal score. 40 pages. Duration 12'. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193355224).

Item Number: OU.9780193355224

ISBN 9780193355224. Contemporary, Choral Works. 11 x 9 inches.

For SATB and percussion instruments (4 sand blocks (optional), 2 rainsticks, 2 claves, 1 shaker, and a low-pitched tomtom played with hard sticks) OR SATB and low-pitched tomtom played with hard sticks, and marimba. This unusual and highly effective choral cantata in five sections uses poems which are a celebration of how the living spirit of the drum is brought alive. This is an exuberant and rhythmic work, and hugely exciting. All percussion is played by members of the chorus. The unpitched percussion parts are printed in the vocal score. Vocal scores and the marimba part are available on sale or hire/rental from the publisher.

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  • 5

    Atlanta, Mo
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  • February 05, 2005 Hard, but Great

    This is an amazing choral work. I loved it. Mr. Chilcott was my director for an All-State Choir recently, and we performed this piece, and it was amazing. I reccommend it highly to any advanced choir.

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