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Power Outage for Solo Snare Drum by Tim Feerst
For Sale Item
Type of Piece: Rudimental Snare Drum Solo (2008)
Instrumentation: 1 Marching or Concert Snare Drum
Length: 5 minutes
Package Includes: Solo Part
*Winner of the 2008 Doug Wallace Percussion Composition Contest, Solo Category
History: In 2006, I composed a rudimental snare drum piece to perform at an annual spring chamber music recital. This particular solo was in the style of a Drum Corps International (DCI) Individual Solo, and relied very heavily on the visual aspect of the performance. Shortly after the start of the concert, a thunderstorm knocked out all of the power in the auditorium. Needless to say, the performance was ruined. The following year, I composed another rudimental solo for the annual chamber music concert, and in reference to the disappointing circumstances of the previous year, entitled it Power Outage.
Description: Power Outage centers on an individual's experience before, during, and after a power outage. Section I, entitled Routine, depicts the beginning of an individual's daily routine, starting with a simple greeting of the new day, and building into the heart of one's daily routine. At measure 29, the power outage begins. Section II, Drastic Change, presents the experience of having one's routine interrupted by a power outage. In this section, the individual must change his routine by using candles, paper, and a deck of cards instead of lights, computer, and television. Power Company is the title of Section III. This section mirrors the way a power company uses tools and skills to fix a problem. The tools used by the snare drummer include the ‘stick dribble' at measure 81, the ‘Casey Claw' at measure 88, the ‘one-handed helicopter' at measure 89, and various other skills that create different colors and timbres. The final section of the piece is Section IV, entitled The Return. Here, the power outage ends and the individual's regular routine returns. The music is faster however, because a feeling a joy overcomes the individual when he realizes that the power is back on.