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Poul Ruders : Wind-Drumming

Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed 1979
12 Minutes
Orchestration fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, 4perc
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Full Score(s) WH31776

Programme Note


WIND-DRUMMING was written in 1979 on a commission from The Danish Percussion Ensemble.
The piece is a clash of two kinds of sound-associations; the mystic, exotic impact of Latin-American drumming, and the more well dressed reputation of Western concert-instruments, in this case a wind-quintet (w. electric flute).
The two instrumental camps either melt into one soft humming ritual or are split wide apart, the winds tearing their way through the undergrowth of rainforest-drumming. There is more than one way of getting on to WIND-DRUMMING: obviously it is about the confrontation of two incongruent ways of living, a lament on the damage done to the tropical rainforests of the world by modern civilisation. One can hear it plainly as a direct rhythm-show, a downright number or a joyous homage to the most exiting kind of folkloristic music at all: the carnal spell of the Brazilian Samba.

Poul Ruders


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