Zeug

Zeug for percussion quartet
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (2019)
Composed: 2019
Duration: 3’40”
Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation (4 players): brake drum, impact drum, ride cymbal, china cymbal, concert bass drum, tam-tam, snare drum, concert toms (4)
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The title of this percussion quartet, Zeug, is a German word loosely translated into English as “stuff.” The collection of instruments required – brake drum, impact drum, ride and china cymbal, concert bass drum, tam-tam, snare drum, and four concert toms – suitably fit into the category of typical percussion, without being able to be further categorized into a single percussion family such as drums, cymbals, accessories, etc. The writing, similarly, is generally loud and impactful, somewhat groove based, but not overtly, based on a few recurring motives or themes, but again not such that it fully codifies the work … in short, just some stuff written to be played on percussion stuff.