Eötvös, Peter: Speaking Drums for Percussion Solo and Orchestra (Solo part)

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Speaking Drums for Percussion Solo and Orchestra - Solo part - 23 Min.; Bass timpano · Marimba · Tubular bells · Cowbell · Trgl. · 8 Cymbals · 16' Crash cymbal · large chin. Cymbal with felt gliders · 3 small Gongs · 2 Tam Tams · small Field drum · 4 Tom toms · 5-6 large wood drum [Mokugyo or salad bowl] · Hi-Hat · 2 Woodbl. · 2 lion's roar · 4 freely selectable instruments: for example: Tom tom · Tam tam · Opera gong · Cymbal plate [The soloist also recites sound poems by Sándor Weöres and Jayadeva.]; advanced


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'Talking whilst playing the drum is not something unique. We can find it in traditional Indian percussion, and in jazz when musicians accompany their play with 'Sprechgesang'. This piece goes the opposite way: It begins with the percussionist speaking nonsensically, the emphasis on the rhythm, which he then passes on to his instrument. Like the pure, childish joy of repeating the same word in a different tune, the soloist teaches his instrument to speak until the drums start to talk themselves.
Several poems form the basis; in the first two movements it are three poems by Sándor Weöres, and in the third movement it is a poem by Jayadeva. Each sentence has a more complex form than the one before. Rhythms form words, words form sentences, and sentences create a narrative.' (Ann-yi Bingöl)

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