Duet Trio

The title of Duet Trio is a simple description of the format of this medium-easy percussion ensemble. Each performer in this trio is responsible for two instruments: one drum plus a mounted accessory instrument - either tambourine, woodblock, or triangle. The drums used include two snare drums (one without snares) and a tenor drum (or tom-tom). The trio opens in common time with a unison statement followed by dialogue between the players. The middle section rapidly alternates between unison figures and rhythmic interplay. The ensemble concludes with a repeated four bar phrase gradually building into a repeat of the opening unison statement. The tempo is quarter note = 120 and stays steady throughout. The piece does incorporate a variety of dynamic changes, textures, and time signatures (all based on the quarter note), but requires few other technical challenges.
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