Stuart Saunders Smith – Noble Snare
Whenever I listened to a snare drum roll, I was struck by the complexity of the sound itself. Far from a non-pitched instrument, the snare drum sounded like an ocean of sound – virtually every pitch represented – with subtle waves and currents. The snare drum has always seemed to me to be full of possibilities as a solo instrument.
In 1987 my initial idea was to publish one volume of snare drum solos – to “elevate” the snare drum to the level of a solo concert instrument. I asked many leading composers if they would be interested in writing for snare drum, hoping there would be enough positive responses to make a book.
The response was so enthusiastic and so immediate! It was as if the idea were there in the air waiting for someone to initiate it and coordinate it. And so there are 4 volumes of snare drum solos, each piece distinct and expressive.
These 4 volumes should be thought of as an anthology of snare drum music. They are ungraded as to difficulty and not grouped in any kind of style. Each piece is presented in a different penmanship to enhance the sense of different statements – distinct musical worlds with the snare drum.
Volume 1 includes compositions from the following composers:
Stuart Saunders Smith
Volume 2 includes compositions from the following composers:
Volume 3 includes compositions from the following composers:
John Jeffrey Gibbens
Volume 4 includes compositions from the following composers:
Annotated by WanNing Chen