Title: a piece for Snare Drum
Composer: Søren Monrad
Instrument: Snare drum
Year of publication: 2007
Jan Williams, prof. Emeritus, University at Buffalo Music Department:
"Søren Monrad's a piece for Snare Drum is rudimental in style but not "traditional" as a composition. It is both challenging and musical, requiring a well developed technique over a wide dynamic range. Well performed, this short etude will clearly demonstrate a performer's technique and musicality".
About the composer:
Søren Monrad was classically trained at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. In 1978 he became a percussionist with the Royal Danish Orchestra and in 1982 he won the chair as solo timpanist in the same orchestra. At the same time, he also held down jobs with the Collegium Musicum, Royal Danish Brass and others. Add to that a comprehensive international career as a solo percussionist, playing with among others the Royal Danish Orchestra and the Odense Symphony Orchestra.
He has also performed on several CD’s with the above mentioned ensembles on which composers such as Bartok, Crumb, Varese, Koppel and others are represented. Since 1985 he has been a lecturer at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark.