For my second composition for several percussion instruments, I wanted to try something a little more dramatic. For the first time I am using the bass drum and cymbal, both of which lend themselves to this effect. I have also now installed the full sound library for Sibelius, so have been able to make use of the range of sounds for each instrument, e.g. the distinctive accent on the bass drum and the tambourine being shaken as well as hit.
This is still only a fairly short composition (20 bars): the main idea is played out over four bars, repeated with a minor variation, then four bars of ‘bridge’ followed by the main idea again and a closing section.