Monday, December 12, 2016

Diabelli Project 137 - Percussion Quartet

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme, these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

This quartet grew out of the rhythmic pattern of alternating 4/4-3/4 and 4/4-5/8 measures. From there, I started the snare part and then decided to add some metallic instruments for contrast. Then came the toms for counterpoint for the snare, and finally the tambourine, with its cross between wood and metal sound. From there, who knows?

As always, you can use any or all of the posted Diabelli Project sketches as you wish for free. Just be sure to share the results. I'm always curious to see what direction someone else can take this material.

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