Ritual Cadences (2005)
by Randy Snyder
When Joe Holmquist approached me wearing a s*** eating grin on his face.
I knew something was up, and indeed it was, a commission to write a solo
snare drum piece!
I immediately fell into panic mode, thrashing about for some concept that
would hold me in good stead, eventually narrowing in on two quite different
solutions: 1) a Euro-American modernist aesthetic reflecting composers like
Carter, Berio, and Martino that emphasized extreme surface detail through
timbral variety and metric modulations, and 2) rhythmic patterns (Changdons)
of Korean traditional music, based on compound metrical ostinati.
Eventually, unable to choose between the two, decided to cut my losses and
incorporate both into a diverse two-movement structure. So as I stealthily
flounced away from Joe's house having secreted the finished piece in his
mailbox it was I who was wearing the aforementioned grin.