Rhythm Chant
for three percussionists

         Rhythm Chant incorporates unpitched percussion instruments to not just be used to keep a beat.  Instead, they are used to create musical phrases while providing a constant drive throughout the piece.  Each section of the piece is delineated by what instruments are being played and how they are used in each section by either becoming the melody or the accompaniment.

Duration:  4 Minutes
Number of measures:  187
Number of pages (Score):  7


Percussion 1: 
Suspended Cymbal, Snare Drum,
High Tom, Low Tom

Percussion 2: 
Brake Drum, High Bongo,
Low Bongo, Woodblock

Percussion 3:
Tambourine, Claves,
Cowbell, Bass Drum
Measure Score

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Performance History

This piece was premiered by the CSULB Percussion Ensemble and was conducted by Michael Carney on November 17, 1997 at the Daniel Recital Hall in Long Beach, CA.