Title: Raga #1

Author: Bill Cahn

Description: Raga #1 is a timpani solo for one player that is loosely based on the rhythms and feel of the indian ragas. This piece remains in a steady tempo the whole time and has basically the same groove the entire piece. The interest of the piece comes from the sudden dynamic shifts and polyrhythms. Also of note is the use of extended techniques such as playing in the center of the drum, playing a roll with one’s fingers, and the use of glissandi and rim shots throughout.

Annotated by Greg Simonds