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Rhyme or Reason (2019)

Medium: Percussion Quintet 
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2019
Duration: 5:40
Difficulty: Grade 4

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Percussion 1 (Xylophone, Bells, Temple Blocks, Ribbon Crasher)
Percussion 2 (Vibraphone, Bongos, Splash Cymbal)
Percussion 3 (Shared 4.3-octave Marimba, Tambourine)
Percussion 4 (Shared 4.3-octave Marimba, 2 Congas, China Cymbal)
Percussion 5 (Kick Bass, Multi-Bass Drum or Muffled Floor Tom, Hi-Hat, Piccolo Snare Drum, 2 Toms, Crash Cymbal, 1 Octave of Crotales)

Based around a 4-bar simple, syncopated rhythm, which is repeatedly offset & layered on itself, "Rhyme or Reason" attempts to make 5 percussionists sound like 10. Each players is responsible for at least one keyboard and one battery instrument without much rest across the 5-1/2 minute duration.

"Rhyme or Reason" was commissioned by a consortium of ensembles organized by Dan Hubert, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (Jackson, WI).

Dan Hubert (Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, WI) – Organizer
Josh Knight (Missouri Western State University, MO)
Andy Kolar (Sacred Heart University, CT)
Galen Lemmon (Dir. of Percussion Studies, SJSU, CA)
Quinten Petersen (Wisconsin Lutheran H.S., WI)
Eric Wellman (Joliet West High School, IL)
Jonathan Witte (Luther High School, WI)