Katraterra by Jim Casella


Written for nine players, Katraterra is a concert piece which uses a variety of textures, instruments, and techniques to create a driving and intense feel. The 5/8 time signature dominates the groove of Katraterra with three emphasized beats of 1, 3, and the upbeat of 4, creating the motive which drives the 16-note based ostinato and all surrounding melodies. This weaves in and out of other time signatures but is intended to happen smoothly without obvious perception to when these changes occur. This, along with the inherent syncopations throughout, creates a challenging ensemble atmosphere. With driving solo statements, complex interwoven rhythms, and an organic ostinato to drive it, this piece is sure to offer an intense and entertaining musical experience.

  • Jim Casella 


Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 5 minutes

Total Number of Players: 9


  • Player 1: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Low and Medium Cowbell, Log Drum (share with Player 2)
  • Player 2: Vibraphone, Brake Drum, China Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Log Drum (share with Player 1)
  • Player 3: 4-octave Marimba, China Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Hi Woodblock
  • Player 4: 4.3-octave Marimba, Suspended Cymbal, Large Woodblock
  • Player 5: 4 Timpani
  • Player 6: Chimes, Bass Drum, Triangle
  • Player 7: Snare Drum, Brake Drum, Hi-Hat, Triangle, Woodblock
  • Player 8: Kick Drum, Chinese Opera Gong, Suspended Cymbal, Splash Cymbal
  • Player 9: 2 Bongos, Conga, Suspended Cymbal, Low and Medium Cowbell, Woodblock, Tambourine