Opus 833

Surly Bonds (2009)

for Drum Set

Jonathan Hess, drum set

Duration: 3.5 min.

Dedication: for Peter Jarvis

Commission: Commissioned by Peter Jarvis and Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC

Publisher: Musik Fabrik

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Surly Bonds (2009) for drum set was commissioned by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC and was written for and dedicated to percussionist Peter Jarvis. The principal underlying rhythm of the work is a somewhat martial ostinato presented quietly on the snare drum. This unchanging rhythm provides a grid against which other colors and rhythms attempt to break the “surly bonds” and assert their own rhythmic identity. After a first unsuccessful attempt to overwhelm, the voices try again—succeeding this time in achieving release in a free, cadenza-like passage. However, the ostinato returns again until the work ends with the almost “desperate” silence between the sounds of bass and snare drums.