Listening Guide

time lead drum
0:00 theme 1
0:15 theme 2
0:28 theme 3
0:47 theme 1
0:56 theme 4
1:11 theme 3
1:18 theme 1
1:25 theme 5
1:53 theme 1
2:03 theme 2
2:20 theme 3
2:32 theme 4
2:41 theme 3
2:47 theme 1
2:57 theme 5
3:12 theme 1
3:25 theme 2
3:34 theme 1
3:47 theme 3
4:04 theme 1
4:11 theme 4
4:19 theme 1
4:27 theme 5
4:36 theme 1
4:39 ending signal

Musical Notation Figures

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Performance Comment

Before recording the lead drum part, I decided to play through the material three times, which resulted in a rendition in three parts (0:00-1:53, 1:53-3:12, and 3:12-end). In the first pass I began by moving through themes 1, 2 and 3 in sequence (0:00-0:47). I often mess up the timing of theme 2, so I was relieved that I seemed to have played it correctly! For me, moves from themes 2 to 3, 3 to 1, and 1 to 4 flow easily so I was confident of playing well. Theme 5, however, requires a lot of concentration because of its constant offbeat accentuation on second time-points within ternary beats. In the second part, I spontaneously decided to move directly through themes 1-4 but since it is musically awkward to conjoin themes 4-5, I returned to theme 1 before playing theme 5. I changed the order of presentation again in the third part. Here, I use theme 1 as a “home base” from which to launch the other four themes, i.e., 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, and 1-5.

As I prepared to record the other parts I knew that the challenge lay in the permanently offbeat rhythm of high-pitched drum 2 and the response drum. The rhythm of rattle and high-pitched drum 1 is identical to bell, which makes them rather easy to play. I concentrated on giving full volume and rich timbre to the strokes that coincide with bell stroke 2 because I know that by mentally orienting to that moment in the temporal cycle, you can “flip” the music’s gestalt. My playing of the high-pitched drum 2 was acceptable, I thought, but I remain concerned that my timing is not as rock solid as a good born-in-the-tradition drummer. I recorded the response part with bell and ternary beat on the headphones, i.e., without hearing the lead drum, because I was worried that theme 5 would throw me off. As it turned out, I managed to stay in the groove pretty well. Listening back to the full mix, I once again am impressed with the musical imagination of the composers of Husago: the fit of response and lead drums is very cool.

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