For my second example of solo percussion composition I chose the maracas. This reminds me of Spanish and Latin style rhythms, so I wrote it with a kind of flamenco style dance in mind. It uses alternate bars of straight beats and syncopation which I think helps drive the dance forward.
My third example is written for bongos, in 5/4 time. I was inspired to use bongos after listening to Steve Reich’s composition ‘Drumming’ as part of my research (see my Listening Notes). Bongos are traditional instruments in African cultures, and for me invoke associations of ritual ceremonies. I used rests to build up the tension leading to a climax at the end.