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Rain drums : ricercar for four drummers

by David Lumsdaine (1993)

Rain drums


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Rain drums : ricercar for four drummers / David Lumsdaine.

Library shelf no. Q 785.6814/LUM 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Drumming on the leaves, drumming on the river
drumming on the metal roof—
I am the cloud sweeping across the bay,
I am the wind.

In the Oriental Museum at Durham, there is a most beautiful pewter rain drum from Thailand. On several occasions, I've happily imagined what this drum and its fellows (for, originally, it would have been one of a set) could have sounded like when played by the rain in the course of one of the quieter monsoon storms. While I was teaching at Durham University, this moved me to compose a framework for improvisation with my students. I always intended to come back to some of these idough compose them within a tighter framework. Many years later, I was reminded of the rain drum piece while composing the percussion parts which structure the choruses in A Garden of Earthly Delights. By happy chance, the invitation from Synergy to compose a work for four percussion players coincided with my resolve to finally realise the idea.

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: 4 drummers, each with 3 open tabors.

Duration: 12 min.

Dedication note: To Bee Tuan, Daphne & Chung Shi.

Commission note: Commissioned by Synergy Percussion with funds provided by Australia Council.


Program note: David Lumsdaine's "Rain Drums"
by David Lumsdaine
Source: the score of this work

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