Duet Trio

Duet Trio for percussion trio
Publisher: Gottry Publications (2000)
Composed: 1998
Duration: 2′
Difficulty: Easy
Instrumentation (3 players): two snare drums, tenor drum, tambourine, wood block, triangle

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.

… the composition will provide nice training for a young or beginning ensemble class. – George Frock
Printed by permission of the Percussive Arts Society, inc.