for Percussion Trio
Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Arc Percussion Trio
- 3 kick/bass drums with foot pedals
- 2 different sized congas
- brake drum
- djembe (mounted)
- 2 different sized concert toms
- Large riveted/sizzle china or sus. cymbal (china pref.)
- 4 different sized cowbells
- spring drum (mounted)
- ankle rattles
- conch shell
- piccolo woodblock or single clave
- 2 different sized LP vibratones or suspended metal pipes
- Large rain stick
- Large shaker
The Black Mamba is one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa, it is a formidable foe to anyone unfortunate enough to encounter one. Just a few drops of Black Mamba venom can kill in as little as 20 minutes.
This piece serves as a type of story work like those told in numerous African tribal cultures. These stories would often be accompanied by drums and other sorts of percussive sounds to add life and rhythm to the tale. The piece tells the story of a hunter who encounters a Black Mamba and is subsequently bitten by the snake. The hunter desperately struggles to make it back to his village to get help. Sadly, it is too late, and the piece concludes with the sound of his heartbeat slowly fading away and a warning horn as he reaches the outskirts of his village.
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