by Benjamin Holmes
Instrumentation: 8 crotales (C, C#, D#, E, F#, G, A, A#), 2 snare drums, Djembe (shared)
Combining asymmetrical rhythms with an octatonic melody, Benjamin Holmes’ percussion duet Palm Reader is a brilliantly tempestuous piece that features split rhythms and melodies, requiring the performers to know their own part as well as their partner’s.
Each performer has a set of four differently pitched crotales and a snare drum. They also share a djembe, which adds depth to the overall sound of the piece. With all of these instruments combined, the sound of the pieces cover a wide range of tones and timbres, giving it a full sound. This piece would be a great addition to any junior or senior recital, especially for advanced players looking to showcase their ability to split fast, intricate rhythms!
Palm Reader ships in a printed, professionally bound folio with a full color cover and includes an online download code to access individual parts for printing.