In my profession as a professional percussionist I have worked with composers such as: Bruno Maderna, Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage. Their compositions contain many rhythmic patterns, sound variations and a number of percussion instruments. But composers such as Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Shostakovich are also good examples for me.

Metamorphosis for Timpani solo and Percussion:

This composition consists of avant-garde and classical parts that merge nicely into each other, a part in the pentatonic scale and a fragment from Ludwig von Beethoven’s ‘Ode an die Freude’. After all, it was 250 years ago that Beethoven was born. The last part is with surprising effects as we know from a fair.

By having the glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, marimba and cymbal antique play together, a beautiful harmony is created. In the avant-garde fragments we hear them in surprising interrupted rhythms, many intervals and antimetric figures, of which not the melody and harmony, but timbre and rhythm are the most important pillars, thus creating beautiful sound patterns and surprising effects, sometimes together with various other percussion instruments.

In addition to the well-known melodic and non-melodic percussion instruments, we hear 2 Javanese gongs, a metal chain, car horns, siren whistle, train horn, 2 brake drums and – if possible – the Turkish crescent.

Metamophosis is dedicated to the Greek percussionist Katerina Koskinas.

Ruud Mourik (composer)

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