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Water Nymphs

By Brett Jones

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Water Nymphs composed by Brett Jones. 11 players. For large percussion ensemble with a multitude of instruments. Moderately difficult. Percussion 3 part. Duration 10'. Published by HaMaR Percussion - Digital (HZ.ES-62-3).

Percussion 1 - tam tam, small resonant gong, lion's roar, basin of water
Percussion 2 - trowel (or any other bright-sounding metallic item), tam tam (shared with Percussion 1), conch shell, basin of water
Percussion 3 - ocean drum, temple blocks, maracon (or large maraca)
Percussion 4 - rainstick, maraca, wind gong or large, dark suspended cymbal, two woodblocks, tambourine, jam block with foot pedal
Percussion 5 - goat hoof rattle (or pod rattle, or dark-sounding maraca), spring coil (or bell tree), castanets
Percussion 6 - maraca (bright-sounding), shaker, finger cymbals, African claves (or other deep wooden sound), small triangle
Percussion 7 - log drum, chimes, shekere (or other large shaker)
Percussion 8 - hank drum (or vibraphone, or steel drum), bongos, djembe
Percussion 9 - congas, crotales
Percussion 10 - four concert toms (at times muted with cloth)
Percussion 11 - two timpani, cymbal

Water Nymphs is dedicated to my good friend, Michael Brewick. He gave me the gift of a very nice sounding trowel, which inspired me to write this work as an exploration of sounds. I selfishly used this as an opportunity to write for some unique instruments that I have wanted to incorporate in a composition for a long time. In the list of required instruments, I have given some possible alternatives to some of the more obscure instruments. Percussion ensembles should feel free to substitute with instruments that they have available. This piece is an exploration of sounds and their relationships with one another; so various instruments are welcome and can add to the individual interpretation of the piece. This work is loosely programmatic, depicting sounds of the forest, streams, water nymphs, and satyrs. -Brett Jones (09/27/10).

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