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A Minute Of News Eugene Novotney.pdf


A Minute Of News by Eugene Novotney: A PDF That Will Change Your Perspective on the World




If you are looking for a unique and challenging piece of music to play on your snare drum, you might want to check out A Minute Of News by Eugene Novotney. This piece is a solo for unaccompanied snare drum that uses various techniques and gestures to create a musical representation of a news broadcast.




A Minute Of News Eugene Novotney.pdf


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A Minute Of News was composed in 1990 and published by Smith Publications as part of The Noble Snare, a collection of compositions for unaccompanied snare drum edited by Stuart Saunders Smith. The piece is dedicated to Smith, who is also a composer and percussionist. Smith was inspired by his childhood experience of hearing a snare drum roll for the first time and wanted to commission new pieces for his instrument.


The piece consists of 11 gestures that are performed with different types of sticks, mallets, brushes and hands on the snare drum. The gestures are:


  • Turn Snare On - perform as a percussive gesture



  • Brush - stroke the head with brush



  • Brush - slide brush across head



  • Timpani Mallet - always played in the center of the drum head



  • Drum Stick - rim click; flick body of stick across rim while holding tip of stick in the center of the drum



  • Hand - form mallet with bottom flesh of closed fingers and play in the center of the head



  • Turn Snare Off - perform as a percussive gesture



  • Drum Stick - on head; always played midway between the rim and the center of the drum



  • Drum Stick - on head; "press" or "buzz roll" (one handed)



  • Drum Stick - rim shot; shoulder of stick hits rim while tip of stick hits the drum head (one handed)



  • Drum Stick - on rim; shoulder of stick hits rim



The piece uses a notation system that specifies the exact sticking and timing of each gesture. The terms Strong Hand and Weak Hand are used rather than Right Hand and Left Hand, to allow both right-handed and left-handed people to assign proper hand to proper gesture. The gestures are arranged in a rhythmic pattern that mimics the speech rhythm of a news announcer. The piece also uses dynamic changes, accents, pauses and repetitions to create contrast and variation.


A Minute Of News is a challenging piece that requires technical skill, coordination, accuracy and musical expression. The piece explores the sonic possibilities of the snare drum and creates a musical narrative that reflects the contemporary world. The piece is also a commentary on the role of media and information in our society. As Novotney writes in his notes:


"The title refers to an actual one minute radio news broadcast which I recorded off the air one day while driving in my car. I was struck by how much information was being communicated in such a short amount of time, and how much of it was negative or violent. I decided to transcribe this broadcast into musical notation, using various snare drum sounds to represent different types of information (i.e. headlines, sports, weather, etc.). The result is a musical collage which attempts to capture some of the energy, intensity, and absurdity of our modern information age."


If you want to learn more about A Minute Of News by Eugene Novotney, you can download or read the PDF online from Scribd . You can also listen to a recording of the piece performed by Stuart Saunders Smith on YouTube.


Who is Eugene Novotney?




Eugene Novotney is a professor of music and the director of percussion studies at Humboldt State University in California. He is also a percussionist, composer, and ethnomusicologist who has performed and lectured around the world. He was born in 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio, and received his degrees in percussion, composition, and ethnomusicology from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois.


Novotney has a wide range of musical interests and experiences, including traditional and contemporary percussion music from various cultures. He has studied and researched African, Brazilian, Cuban, Chinese, Balinese, Indian, and Trinidadian percussion music, and has transcribed, arranged, and analyzed many pieces. He is also an internationally recognized steelpan artist and scholar who has been involved in the steelpan movement since 1982. He founded the first steelband in the California State University System, the Humboldt Calypso Band, which he still leads and directs. He has performed and adjudicated at several national and international steelband festivals and competitions.


Novotney is also a prolific composer of contemporary percussion music, with over 30 works to his credit. His compositions are widely performed as standards of the literature by soloists and ensembles around the world. His works explore the sonic possibilities of percussion instruments and often incorporate elements of world music traditions. Some of his notable compositions include A Minute Of News, Interspecies Communication, The Great Circle, Three Views Of A Secret, Conversations, Drum Talk, The Noble Snare, The Shape Of The Shell, The Spirit Of The Drum, and The World Beat Suite.


Why should you play A Minute Of News?




A Minute Of News is a unique and challenging piece that will test your technical skill, coordination, accuracy, and musical expression as a snare drum player. The piece will also expose you to different types of sticks, mallets, brushes, and hands that you can use on your snare drum to create various sounds and effects. The piece will also challenge you to follow a precise notation system that specifies the exact sticking and timing of each gesture.


The piece is not only a musical exercise, but also a creative expression that reflects the contemporary world. The piece is based on a transcription of a radio news broadcast that Novotney recorded one day while driving in his car. He was struck by how much information was being communicated in such a short amount of time, and how much of it was negative or violent. He decided to translate this broadcast into musical notation, using different snare drum sounds to represent different types of information (i.e. headlines, sports, weather, etc.). The result is a musical collage that captures some of the energy, intensity, and absurdity of our modern information age.


A Minute Of News is a piece that will challenge you as a snare drum player and as a listener. It will make you think about the role of media and information in our society, and how it affects our perception of reality. It will also make you appreciate the beauty and versatility of your snare drum as an instrument.


Conclusion




A Minute Of News by Eugene Novotney is a remarkable piece of music for unaccompanied snare drum that will challenge and inspire you as a percussionist and as a listener. The piece uses various techniques and gestures to create a musical representation of a news broadcast, and explores the sonic possibilities of the snare drum as an instrument. The piece also comments on the role of media and information in our society, and how it shapes our view of the world.


If you want to play this piece, you will need to master different types of sticks, mallets, brushes, and hands, and follow a precise notation system that specifies the exact sticking and timing of each gesture. You will also need to express the musical narrative and contrast that the piece creates with dynamic changes, accents, pauses, and repetitions. You will also need to understand the meaning and context of the piece, and how it relates to your own experience of the world.


A Minute Of News is a piece that will enrich your musical repertoire and your musical knowledge. It will also make you appreciate the beauty and versatility of your snare drum as an instrument. It is a piece that you should not miss if you are a serious snare drum player or a lover of contemporary percussion music. d282676c82


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