The piece uses a kind of developing variation, with different rhythmic patterns highlighted by timbral shifts using different techniques, sticks, and beating spots. Like a lot of Hannah’s music, Start is full of energy and incessant forward motion.
Last summer, Hannah and I brainstormed some ideas. Cameras in the throat! Speech rhythms! New notational paradigms!
As you might have noticed, her completed piece includes none of these, but it does include a lot of Hannah’s experiences with her drum. I sent her a drum and the people at Vic Firth provided a set of mallets and sticks. It turns out that being a phenomenal harpist is the perfect preparation for tuning snare drums and for developing the kind of control we percussionists covet.
I’m going to premiere Start on my faculty November 4th here at KU. Come out, or tune into the live stream!