Stratiform Strut

Stratiform Strut

Percussion Ensemble-8 Players-3 minutes

This piece is perfect for a high school percussion ensemble with a wide range of skill levels.  


Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Timpani, Triangle, Snare Drum, Cymbals, Bass Drum


Percussionists need to command their performance space, asserting their presence with unquestioning authority.  Stratiform Strut was written as a coronation march for the  Elgin Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble in 2014, a symbolic crown of its autonomous status within EYSO.  Stratiform describes an arrangement in thin layers that form a unified structure.  Playing percussion in an orchestra is all about knowing how an individual part contributes to the collective intent.  A percussion section is one layer of the orchestral sound.  However, the percussion section, itself, has layers of its own.  Because percussion instruments occupy a wide spectrum of timbres these musicians need to create their own balance, which in turn, balances to the rest of the group.  I want young musicians to understand how they fit into the collective, while unapologetically occupying the space that they need.