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The Making of the Drum

By Bob Chilcott

SATB choir and percussion (SATB) - Easy to Moderately Difficult
Composed by Bob Chilcott. Choral Works (inc. Oratorios). Contemporary, Choral Works. Vocal score. 40 pages. Duration 12'. Oxford University Press #9780193355224. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193355224).

Item Number: OU.9780193355224

ISBN 9780193355224. 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

    Franz Wagner
    Munich, Germany
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  • May 31, 2019 A most orginal opus

    Bob Chilcott's music is a backbone of the repertoire of my students' choir since 14 years, but "The Making of the Drum" is, to my mind, one of his most original ones. It is based on a remarkable text by Edward Kamau Brathwaite and exposes a great variety of...

    sounds and rhythms for a subject, which is in some sense religious (in the end, God Odomankoma speaks to his jungle people thru the drum); nevertheless, for us, it is a secular work. The set of Rainsticks, Claves, Shaker and a Tomtom contributes to the enormous fun we always have with it. The Marimba part ad lib. can well be played on a D-piano; it further enriches the sound and stabilizes the pitch. My choir likes the little cantata very much, and it impresses the audience by its liveliness and unusual musical colors.

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  • 5

    M. Weber
    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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